Officials to ponder play centre plans

DEVELOPERS behind plans to build a huge new children’s entertainment centre in Witchford say the proposal could create 20 jobs.

Mr Adam Pickup has submitted plans for a new 4,500sqft entertainment centre, housing soft-play facilities, party areas and sensory facilities for disabled children, at the Lancaster Way Business Park, just off the A142.

Developers say the facility would provide a much-needed resource for local children in the face of Government budget cuts and added that the centre will also have on site cooking facilities to help promote healthy eating and nutrition.

The developers added that an online campaign on social networking site Facebook, had already draw support from about 450 people.

Plans submitted to council officers said: “Ultimately it is intended that venue would become another attraction in support of Ely’s distinctive tourism economy. Rather than being another “generic” play-centre, or part of a chain, the applicants are keen for the facility to reflect both the locality and local history.

“As well as the facility promoting the obvious healthy child exercise benefits it is the intention to offer a wide range of healthy food and also cater for the increase in food allergies and intolerance, especially with children.

The proposal would ultimately create around 20 jobs, also a range of spin-off opportunities for associated businesses which might like a presence at such as facility.

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The applicants are keen to emphasise the use of local businesses and suppliers that would be used in both the set up of the venture and for the ongoing provision of services and supplies.”

The report also added that the facility could be made available free of charge for a few mornings a week to cater for groups and schools who support children with disabilities.

A decision on the plans is expected within the next eight weeks, to have your say visit