Industrial plans for former play centre site

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A former children’s play centre which closed suddenly at the end of last year could become an industrial site.

Egyptian-themed play, party and ice arena Pharaohs, Westhoughton Road, Adlington, opened more than seven years ago.

A new planning application has been submitted for the site seeking permission to change it into a general
industrial use.

The application was due to go before a meeting of Adlington Town Council last night, Monday. It has already been submitted to Chorley Council’s planning department.

Adam Westwell, of agents Lamb and Swift Commercial, Bolton, said the intention was to widen the appeal of the site and attract other users.

He said: “There’s no specific end user as yet, it’s just a way of trying to help the marketing of the property. That will hopefully appeal to other similar users in that block.”

There is already a garage and engineering works adjoining the site.

The sudden closure of Pharaohs last November left parents worried about their party bookings there at the time.

A Facebook message said: “Dear Customers, The Pharaohs Team would like to thank all its customers for a brilliant seven-year run. Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end and as of today, Pharaohs will no long be trading.

“Customers who have bookings with us, will be contacted directly, with a full refund and a possible solution to hosting your booking

Thank you all again, Hope to see you all in the future. Kind Regards, The Pharaohs Team”.

Scores of people replied with messages of ‘sadness’ and ‘devastation’ about the news.