Soft play area in Northampton could be bought through £300,000 council loan

Berzerk children's play centre could be bought by Northampton Leisure Trust thanks to a 300,000 loan.
Berzerk children's play centre could be bought by Northampton Leisure Trust thanks to a 300,000 loan.

A children’s soft-play facility in Moulton Park is set be bought by a not-for-profit leisure company – if it is approved a £300,000 Northampton Borough Council loan.

Cabinet members are set to meet next week to decide whether the council should lend the money to the Northampton Leisure Trust to purchase Berzerk children’s activity centre in Clayfield Close.

The 12,000 sq ft facility, features a host of ball-pits, slides and obstacles for youngsters and is currently for sale.

A cabinet report states that the loan would enable Northampton Leisure Trust to “develop and expand,” which it says will help it in “creating additional income and encouraging more people to participate in activity.”

The leisure trust runs leisure centres at Danes Camp, Duston and Lings Forum as well as the Mounts Baths on a not-for-profit basis.

Its Junior Direct Debit membership programme, has more than 3,500 subscribers in Northampton and creates an average turnover of £920,000 per year.

The cabinet report goes on to say: “This exciting opportunity enables the leisure trust to diversify the company’s business model and strengthen the company’s financial stability, through additional income, additional cash flow and complimentary activities.”

Berzerk was started in July 1994 and has been owned and run by the Lamb family ever since.

The Northampton Borough Council cabinet meeting is set to take place in the Jeffrey Room of the Guildhall.