£2m activity dome in Cleethorpes 'a unique and fun asset for the resort'

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 12 Oct 2017

A brand new £2m activity dome in Cleethorpes has been described as a "very impressive, unique and fun asset for the resort."

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee unanimously approved plans for the massive family activity centre - jammed packed with trampolines, battle beams, Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior-style games.

Extreme Bounce Revolution announced plans to bring one of the UK’s first "air supported dome structures" to the resort back in July, which will be situated next to the Premier Inn at Meridian Point.

The state-of-the-art entertainment hub will include games and activities for all ages, including adults, but would be predominantly aimed at children aged from 8 to teenagers aged 16.

Up to 80 jobs - in public relations, marketing, hospitality, operations, and health and safety - are set to be generated by the development.

However the plans did not go without controversy, with nearby residents of Bolingbroke Road lodging complaints that the development would look out of place within the resort, as well as increasing noise pollution near their homes and overlooking their properties.

Artist's impression of how Xtreme Bounce would look once complete

While councillors on the planning committee were conscious of the residents' concerns, asking for the issue of noise pollution to be investigated further, they were happy to see this scale of investment coming to this part of Cleethorpes, as it could become a brilliant tourist attraction and help fill the gap left by the closure of Pleasure Island.

Councillor Matthew Brown said: "While I take the concerns of residents seriously, I am aware that there is already quite a lot of noise in this part of the resort already, with the former Pleasure Island site and the Light Railway being clearly heard from there, and I am sure the nature of the dome itself will help condense any noise.

An artist's impression of the interior of Xtreme Bounce, which could open in Cleethorpes later this year

"While the design may not be aesthetically appealing, we are not the style police, and Meridan Point already has a range of building types there, and this can only go a way in enhancing the resort.

"Without attractions such as this, Cleethorpes is at risk of having its local economy damaged, and this development will create jobs in the area, further increase what we have on offer for families and do something to fill the void left by Pleasure Island, I am very impressed."

Councillor Iain Colquhoun stated: "I also share the concerns of local residents, but developers appear to have situated anything that could be overly loud as far away from residents as possible.

An artist's impression of how the bar, cafe and seating area at Xtreme Bounce, in Cleethorpes would look

"Cleethorpes is a family resort, not a country village like you might get in Devon, so we should have all sorts of activities and attractions available for visiting families, and I think this is a unique development and should be a bit of fun."

The huge inflatable dome itself costs around £1 million, with an extra £1 million plus worth of investment required to kit the centre out with fun and exciting games.

A fully-licenced bar and café are included in the plans, and will serve healthy food at a venue which aims to promote "exercise and health". The entertainment centre will also have free wi-fi for customers, and an area for parents to relax in with a hot drink whilst their children play away the hours.

Land adjacent to the Premier Inn hotel, Cleethorpes, where plans have been submitted by Extreme Bounce Revolution (Image: Rick Byrne)

As yet, exactly which 15 games would be included are still a mystery, but popular activities like trampolines, battle beams, total wipeout, Ninja Warrior-style games as well as ball pools and a 'jump tower' are all likely.

Cleethorpes Extreme Bounce will hopefully be opened by Spring 2018.

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