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REVEALED: Walsall trampoline centre to close less than a year after it opened following a major revamp

By Carl Jackson | Walsall | News | Published:

A trampoline centre could close down less than a year after a new owner came in and revamped it, it has been revealed.

Jump In trampoline park

A planning application has stated that Jump In are set to 'vacate' the centre on Bentley Mill Way, with JD Sports lined up to covert it in to a gym.

The company re-opened the 25,000 square foot warehouse in May having taken it over from Jump Nation which ran it for a year.

Jump In spent a month improving it, installing a new party floor, a dedicated toddlers area, a parents' viewing area, two new tumble tracks and a big foam tip.

It is not clear at this stage why the firm would be planning to close.

Low cost

JD Sports' application submitted to Walsall Council, states: "Jump In, the existing occupier will shortly vacate the premises.

"The proposal is therefore a positive proposal to re-use previously developed land which will provide a high quality recreation facility that will contribute to the health and overall well-being of residents in Walsall."

The clothing firm chain said their plans for the 'low cost gym' would also create 36 jobs while the number of car parking spaces at the site will be increased from 82 to 130.

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Jump In declined to comment on the planning application but implied if any closure was on the cards it was not likely to be this month.

A spokeswoman said: "We are very proud of our Walsall site and look forward to welcoming repeat and new visitors during February."

Disappointed

Councillor Rose Burley said: "I have heard about the plans and I am quite disappointed.

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"It is very popular in the locality especially with the youngsters. My granddaughter loves it.

"I wasn't so keen on it before (when it was Jump Nation) but they (Jump In) have improved it immensely.

"I was surprised to put it mildly that they want to turn it into a health centre.

"I know quite a lot of people use the Village Hotel already I don't if it is too expensive for people though."

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
@CarlJackson_LDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Birmingham City Council.

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