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.

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