‘This sounds amazing’ – Plans unveiled for new indoor children’s play area



Families have welcomed plans to build a new indoor play area in a Staffordshire Moorlands town centre.

Developer P Goldstraw plans to convert a former warehouse and joiners workshop on Sneyd Street, Leek, into a play area.

The scheme would include a number of small buildings and a soft play area, as well as a cafe.

In their design and access statement the developer said:  “For the immediate time of opening we will only use the first main room for the running of the business with a means to develop the second main room in the near future.

“On entry to the first main room we will have a reception desk, café counter and seating area.

“The room will have a number of small “houses” made from MDF recreating the look of a small town, with a small soft play area. The existing toilets will be converted into two separate blocks, male and female.

“There will also be a disabled access toilet.”

An application form shows three part time jobs could be created if the plans are approved.

The scheme has received letters of support from local residents – who believe it will be a good thing for Leek.

Andy Keates, who runs Keatesy’s Boxing Academy on Cruso Street, was among those to write in supporting the scheme.

In his letter he said:  “What a great idea. After recently set up my own community boxing club it became apparent that Leek has very limited facilities for children.

“I cater from four years but I get asked a lot about local play centres and I tend to steer them to Stoke as Leek doesn’t have anything.

“This would be fantastic and it seems like a great learning place too.”

In her letter of support, Beth Taylor said:  “I feel that this will add great value to Leek. There isn’t many activities for children to get involved with in Leek and with not being able to drive would make a big impact on my stepchildren’s lives.

“To be able to get them out after work and at the weekend and provide them with exercise is a massive thing.

“There’s lots of parking available nearby for people out of the area and it will definitely be somewhere I will take children to and will also recommend.

“I also think it will be another reason for people to come into Leek and the other options for play areas indoor and poor and limited.”

Carly Ball also wrote to the council to support the scheme – describing it as a ‘fantastic idea’.

She said:  “Leek has very poor facilities and this sounds amazing.  It also will appeal to mixed needs and abilities.”

A public consultation on the scheme is ongoing until March 17 2020.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council will then make a decision on the scheme in the following weeks.





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