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Former courthouse is set for a new future.

Byline: OWEN HUGHES Business Correspondent

A FORMER courthouse is being transformed into an activity centre with 10 jobs set to be created.

The county court at Caernarfon closed two years ago and has been lying empty since then.

But next month the building will be reborn as a play centre and youth club named Cwrt Chwarae.

It will feature inflatables, soft play, a sensory room and other facilities for teenagers like pool tables and computers, as well as a cafe.

Michael and Stacey Daniels are behind the venture after running a successful bouncy castle business in the Gwynedd town for the last 11 years.

Mr Daniels, 35, said: "We have had this plan for a couple of years now but had struggled to find the right location to open it.

"We lived round the corner from the court so when we saw it was available we decided to have a look and just ask.

"As soon as we went in we thought it would be ideal - I was planning it as we were walking around.

"We made an offer and we now have a five-year lease on the site."

The ground floor will be ready to open in May. This will include inflatables and also a soft play facility for younger children.

It will be followed by the summer with more facilities on the first floor as well as a youth club with features like a pool table and computer consoles.

Mr Daniels added: "There is nothing for young people to do in Caernarfon which is why we want to do this. We think the demand is there."

The final phase with a sensory room will be open by Christmas.

"This is the most expensive part so will take a few months to open," Mr Daniels said.

"Once everything is up and running we hope to employ between six and 10 people.

"The site is ideal for what we want to do with its two floors.

"It had been lying empty so it's good to bring something here - we have named it Cwrt Chwarae to mark the fact it was a court."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Apr 10, 2019
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