‘Continuing negativity’ has prompted to closure of Tickety Boo’s popular play area in Ottery St Mary.
Stuart Phillips, owner, today revealed his reasons why he took the decision to permanently close the play area at the rear of his cafe, Tickety Boo.
He said he was in talks about the space and said ‘there may well be a future for it’.
Mr Phillips said: “I put my heart and soul into the play kingdom and invested a lot of money, including refurbishing the whole play area this year.
“Unfortunately, although we have welcomed lots of really lovely customers and their families to enjoy playtime at Tickety-Boo, there has also been some continuing negativity and a handful of people who didn’t understand the concept.
“The play kingdom was never a money making project for me, in fact quite the opposite – but it was a joy to do while it was fun. I’m in talks at the moment so there may well be a future for it, which will be a great outcome as it was so beautifully built by local tradespeople.
“This decision hasn’t affected our staff who are employed at Tickety-Boo as before – the coffee shop remains open as usual and we’re developing this to offer family dining on Friday and Saturday evenings. As always, thank you to everyone who has been supportive.”
Parents have reacted with sadness at the news an Ottery St Mary play area has permanently closed.
Tickety Boo, in Mill Street, announced its decision on social media on Saturday.
The Facebook social media post said: ‘Business announcement: the Tickety-Boo Play Kingdom is now permanently closed. The coffee shop is still open as usual.’
Parents called the play area a ‘much-needed asset’ for mums, saying it brought ‘so much joy to the community’.
The announcement as it appeared on Facebook