Weston set for indoor paintballing

A MASSIVE indoor paintballing war zone is set to be created out of a disused warehouse in Weston.

Barracks, jeeps and bunkers would be built in the two-storey empty building in Oldmixon Crescent for the 10,000 sqm paintball arena.

The plan is being proposed by bosses at the adjoining Premier Raceway go-karting firm, who want to expand their operation despite the economic climate.

A smaller laser quest facility and caf� are also being proposed as part of the planned scheme, which has been submitted to North Somerset Council for approval.

Premier Raceway manager Mark Kellow said the facilities would be the first of their kind in the region and would attract hundreds of people.

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He said: “Weston is not just about the Grand Pier, the town has plenty more entertainment to offer and this will hopefully complement it.

“The paintball facility would be huge and be a great place to go for work and stag parties as well as people just wanting to go for a bit of fun.

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“There is nothing like this for miles, and we’re proud to unveil these proposals for the town.”

Mr Kellow said the two gaming arenas could be built by Easter and would complement the business’ go-karting operation.

He said the recession had failed to impact his business, with custom rising slowly over 2010.

He said: “This is not a risky initiative, we’re been thinking about introducing something like this for a couple of years.

“Despite the recession people will always find money to go out and have fun, and we’re here to offer that.”

Paintballing is often played between two teams of players whose objective it is to capture the opposing side’s base.

Guns are used to shoot people with balls of paint and eliminate them from the game.

Meanwhile, laser quest uses electronic sensors to indentify player hits, with the games usually played out in the dark.

Both gaming arenas would result in the employment of five new staff members.

North Somerset Council is set to make a decision on the planning application in February.

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