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Party marks sad farewell for Fizzy Kids play centre

Children and staff don fancy dress as customers and residents mourn passing of much-loved facility

Owner Chris Scott with staff member Olivia Farrell and Amelia, two, at the fancy dress fun day

A children's play centre held a fancy dress fun day for customers at the weekend, ahead of its closure at the end of the week.

Fizzy Kids in Camp Road, North Camp, will be closing this Saturday (March 29) after more than 10 years in Farnborough.

Last Saturday the centre held a fun day, where children dressed up as their favourite book and film characters and Fizzy Kids provided free cake and drinks to visitors.

Owner Chris Scott said: "The day went really well, we had so many customers saying they had brought their children up here and were sad to see it go.

“Fizzy Kids was really busy on the day, we had some free cake and we were giving away slush drinks for children and hot drinks for their accompanying adults.

"It was a way for us to give something back to the customers so it was really nice, people are still making trips over here and trying to visit us before we close."

Planning permission was granted by Rushmoor Borough Council in 2011 to redevelop the site in two retail or leisure units and 22 flats above it.

As Fizzy Kids’ lease expires this year and the planning permission is due to expire in May, the building and the flats above it are set to be demolished to make way for the new four-storey building.

The three upper floors will house 22 flats, comprising eight one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units.

In a report submitted alongside proposals, a spokesperson for Gregory Gray Associates on behalf of the applicant Amprop, said the existing building had a ‘somewhat run down character and appearance’ and was reaching the end of its serviceable time.

It said Fizzy Kids presented a ‘bland and uninviting facade’ to the road.

However objections to the plans were submitted by the occupants of Fizzy Kids, as well as nearby local residents, who felt the business was in great demand and was an ‘asset to the local community’.

Residents have left messages of support on Fizzy Kids’ Facebook page, with one commenting: “My baby girl has had all six of her birthdays at Fizzy Kids, the staff are fantastic and it’s such great value for money.

“Shame really that Rushmoor Borough Council aren’t doing anything to help locally wanted businesses keep going but thank you Fizzy Kids for being so fantastic.”

 
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