Portishead soft play centre to close

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 July 2018

Old Mill Road. Picture: Google

Old Mill Road. Picture: Google

Google

A children’s soft play centre will close next week, with fears over the future of the company’s venue blamed for the decision.

Playzone of Portishead has been based in Old Mill Road since 2016 but will open for the final time on August 5.

Earlier this month, Standard Life Investments applied to North Somerset Council for planning permission on a £60million project to create 350 flats and a six-screen cinema as well as a gym, bars, restaurants and shops in the industrial road.

The project, which has been in the pipeline for more than two years, means businesses could become homeless when their leases end in March next year.

The ‘uncertainty’ surrounding the future has now led to the road’s first casualty, although Playzone has thanked its customers for their support.

A statement from the business says: “We are sad to announce that Playzone of Portishead is permanently closing on August 5.

“Due to an increase in rates, the uncertainty of our future in Old Mill Road, the issues we have experienced on three separate occasions forcing us to close unexpectedly and lastly the weather, it is not financially viable for us to continue.

“We would like to thank each and every one of you who has supported us since October 2016.

“We gave it our best shot but it wasn’t good enough.

“Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you before we close.”

The business will also sell off all of its assets and is giving away passes at a 50 per cent discount.

Standard Life’s plan for Old Mill Road has been met with significant opposition from residents, business owners and members of both Portishead Town Council and North Somerset Council.

Standard Life says it has been engaged in discussions with the North Somerset Council for several months over where the traders could move to. However, no concrete ideas have been publicly suggested.

If planning consent is granted work on the Old Mill Road development could begin next year, according to Standard Life.

It also estimates more than 300 extra jobs will be created as a result.

The developer also believes the project will contribute £7million to Portishead’s economy.

Anyone interested in buying an item being sold by Playzone can email info@playzoneportishead.co.uk


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