Old Town To Get New Indoor Play Centre

old town bay dry stone wallCouncillors have approved a proposal to create a seven days a week entertainment facility for youngsters.

Katie Playle had her plans to turn the Craft House children’s day nursery in Old Town into a   soft play centre passed by councillors.

The new business, called Kings of the Castle, will provide a year-round indoor play facility for up to 20 children at a time.

Only minor internal works are needed to transform the building.

The Local Action Group has awarded £19,000 grant funding for a two-tier multi-function play area inside the building, while outside, there’ll be a parking area for bikes and children’s buggies.

Children up to 8 or 9 years of age will be catered for.

Near neighbour, Susan Ramsey, wrote to planners saying she approved of the principle of the facility, but she outlined concerns over noise, as there will more children than currently use the site.

But planners didn’t feel noise would be an issue.

The facility will be open between 11am and 5pm on weekends, closing 30 minutes later on weekdays.

Sue Ramsey’s letter also raised concerns over increased traffic, with more bicycles and vehicles in a narrow bottleneck. The road use has increased in the last 6 years, she stated.

Again, that wasn’t felt to be grounds for refusal and as some councillors said they felt the business was much needed, members granted permission for the changes.



8 Responses to Old Town To Get New Indoor Play Centre

  1. Mark Prebble June 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I hear of another driver meeting a bollard and wonder what the world is coming to…

  2. Local parent June 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

    What about when its raining, or in the winter, nob-by?

    • Nobby Nobbs June 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Use the underused sports hall derr

  3. yet another islander June 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I have no particular opinion about a soft play area but wish Katy all the best, I do not feel qualified to comment on my fellow driver’s prowess being just a simple motorist myself. Thank you Mark for attempting to educate us once again.

  4. Nobby Nobbs June 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Why not save £19k of tax payers money and play on the beach instead.
    Perhaps plant a few palm trees for shade while you’re at it.
    We live in a paradise, one of the safest places in the country why not go play outside.
    What about the tax funded play park on the Garrison.

  5. Mark Prebble June 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    While support for the benefits of facilities for the community is to be encouraged, we should not forget that the ever increasing level of motor traffic on St Mary’s has the potential to cause conflict and foster attitudes that may threaten the Island’s reputation as a safe place.

    The overall standard of driving could be considered reasonable, however there are a number of drivers on St Mary’s, both professional and private, who one could question are not suited to driving on small country lanes or along roads that share a diverse range of other users including children, cyclists, pedestrians of all ages and mobility vehicles.

    With the visitor season well under way, we as drivers, would do well to remember the power and potential of a metal box on wheels to insulate us from the softness of humans and the tranquil place we call home. Motor vehicles do not have priority or a right of way over any other road users, so please remember to drive mindfully and with an awareness of what may be around the corner so that our roads remain safe and a pleasure for all to use.

  6. Sam Mallon June 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    What a great idea. I know my son will enjoy this facility with other local youngsters and visitors. Good luck Katie.

  7. happy chappy. June 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Good decision.

    As a near neighbour also, I feel sue ramsey’s concerns are outweighed by the benefits.