Work underway to create family activity centre in Leyland

John and Kathy Wood, Joanne Worsfold and Mike Collinge, from Paintball Trax, outside the unit in Tomlinson Road, Leyland
John and Kathy Wood, Joanne Worsfold and Mike Collinge, from Paintball Trax, outside the unit in Tomlinson Road, Leyland
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Ambitious plans for a one-of-a-kind activity centre for families in Leyland have been given the green light.

A play zone is being created in the Tomlinson Road Industrial Estate, which will include go-karting, laser tag, a climbing wall, party rooms, games consoles, football space, a cafe, and possibly even a cinema in the future.

A Leyland family has come up with the innovative idea as they want somewhere in the town to cater for children and teens of all ages.

South Ribble Council’s planning officers have now approved the scheme, and work is underway at the unit.

Mum-of-two Joanne Worsfold, who has also been on the Leyland Festival committee for the last three years, is pioneering the project with her husband Paddy, and her parents, John and Kathy Wood.

The family has strong links in the town already as they run successful haulage business APC Overnight, which has been established for around 20 years and moved to Leyland in 2005.

Joanne said: “We wanted to expand but we wanted to do something other than transport; we want to do something for the community.

“It also means we’re continuing to invest in the area and are creating more jobs.”

Another family firm is also getting in on the action, as Paintball Trax, based in Midge Hall, Leyland, will run the laser tag facility.