The owner of Karting 2000 Raceway has expressed his disappointment at Blackpool Council’s refusal of permanent planning permission, for the promenade kart track which will now be forced to close after 34 years.
David Turton opened the venue in Starr Gate in 1987 before the council relocated it to the South Promenade in 2010 in order to build a tram depot, however officials now claim the site undermines regeneration efforts.
“I’m disappointed we can’t carry on,” Turton told the Gazette. “It’s like a kick in the teeth. “We have always paid our rent to the council. We’ve never really put a foot wrong.”
“The only thing I can think is that somebody is interested in using that patch of land. But that’s only a hunch.”
Commenting on the application, planners stated the track would have an “unacceptable, long-term impact on the appearance and quality of the setting of a locally listed heritage asset (South Pier), and on strategic views of the seafront and coastline.”
“As proposed, the development does not present a high-quality tourist attraction. As such, its retention on a permanent basis would undermine ongoing efforts to regenerate the resort and be detrimental to the character and function of this area of the Promenade.”