Don’t stall our go kart plans

David Turton of Karting 2000, South Promenade, Blackpool.
David Turton of Karting 2000, South Promenade, Blackpool.
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OWNERS of a Promenade attraction are hoping planners do not bring the flag down on their seafront operation.

Karting 2000 was only granted planning permission for two years for its site on South Promenade after it was forced to move from Starr Gate to make way for the resort’s new tram depot.

Now the go kart track, which has gone from strength to strength since relocating, is seeking to extend its permission to use the headland between The Sandcastle and South Pier.

Owner David Turton said: “We are open all season and we do winter weekends.

“We are still doing a lot stag and hen grand prix and our children’s parties are also very busy. We are definitely busier here than we were at Starr Gate. This part of South Shore is very family-orientated and we feel we fit in very well. The council has had no complaints about us regarding noise, and we get on well with our neighbours.

“We look after the site and regularly repaint barriers and the bridge to keep it looking fresh and we would like to stay here as long as we can.”

The attraction, which offers a mini Formula 1 experience, had operated at Starr Gate for 23 years before it closed in September 2009 when work began on building the new depot.

It now employs seven full-time staff during the main season from March to November, and two people during the winter.

An application has been submitted to the council seeking permission for the removal of conditions which limit the planning approval to two years.

At the time of the original planning application the council agreed to grant the two-year approval because it did not want to compromise longer-term ambitions for the Promenade.

But it was felt the use “would reinforce the concentration of major tourist attractions in this area.”