Weston go-karting business closes down

PUBLISHED: 09:51 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 28 October 2018

Whizz around a track at AJ's Karting.

Whizz around a track at AJ's Karting.

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A popular go-karting and laser quest business in Weston-super-Mare has closed.

Whizz around a track at AJ's Karting.Whizz around a track at AJ's Karting.

Owners Mark and Lyndsey Kellow say they are ‘devastated’ to shut AJ’s Karting and Laser tag which has been based in Oldmixon Crescent, off Winterstoke Road, for 10 years.

The couple announced the closure of the family business on their Facebook page on October 17, stating: “It is with massive heavy hearts that Mark and I have to, from today, close AJ’s Karting, AJ’s Laser tag and Flo’s Cafe.

“We are a small family business which has enjoyed every moment of bringing joy to your lives for your birthdays, stag and hen parties, get-togethers, club or school.

“We have met some great people, had amazing staff and have made many friends along the way.

“We had so much planned and such exciting new things for AJ’s but we have been forced today into closure.

“We hope to find a new building in the near future where we can bring fun to your lives again.”

The owners had just announced they would be swapping their go-karts for electric karts, segways and adding indoor cycling equipment to become more environmentally friendly.

Mark Kellow said: “I’m devastated because we put a lot of years into it and it’s all gone.

“We will rise again somewhere else. If anyone knows a building suitable, please get in touch.

“We want to continue the good work we’ve been doing for Weston.”

Mark Kellow had been working with North Somerset Council and the Health and Safety Executive since June after a number of suspected carbon monoxide leaks at Toolstation, which experts confirmed had been coming from AJ’s Karting.

North Somerset Council confirmed the closure of the business was nothing to do with the gas leaks.

Its spokesman said: “Due to efficient and enhanced ventilation systems, carbon monoxide levels at AJ’s Karting have never exceeded the work place exposure limit (WEL) however on several occasions there have been elevated levels for short periods in the Toolstation store, triggering calls to Avon Fire and Rescue.

“No measurements have been taken which constitute a breach of the WEL in Toolstation.”

Anyone who knows of a suitable new premises can contact Mark on Facebook at AJ’s Laser tag Ltd.

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