Garden centre to be transformed into children's play facility with cafe and beach area

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Apr 2019

A former garden centre could be transformed into an imagination play centre to spark children's creativity.

Youngsters will be able to get into character as doctors, firefighters, builders and many other roles if plans for the former Melcot Nurseries in Messingham go ahead.

The proposal includes role play areas designed to stimulate the imagination of toddlers and young children, such as a doctors' surgery, supermarket, fire station, construction site, ice cream van and fire engine.

The business on Kirton Road would aim to be educational for children while encouraging fun role play.

A planning application for the play centre says: "The building is to be used as an imagination play centre for toddlers and children, consisting of various rooms within for children to get into character and act out real life roles.

"We will have a vets, doctors surgery, supermarket, bank, fire station, maternity unit, theatre, construction site, ice cream van and a fire engine.

"All these will be set around a constructed miniature road layout containing ride-on cars for the children. A grass and beach area will also be within the layout.

"We would also operate a small café area offering drinks, food and beverages to accompanying parents. The business' aim is be educational and support children's development and learning."

If given the go-ahead by planners at North Lincolnshire Council, the play centre would employ three full-time and three part-time staff.

Melcot Garden Centre, one of North Lincolnshire's oldest plant nurseries, closed late last year.

The contents of the former garden centre went under the hammer in December, with sofas, furniture, tables and wardrobes all being sold off, with a number of bargains on offer.

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