New karting arena plan gets green light

New karting arena plan gets green light
Third Force News

A Scottish social enterprise is set to open Scotland’s first indoor electric go-kart arena creating 30 new jobs and employment training to out-of-work young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

KibbleWorks, the social enterprise hub and job training wing of Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley, has lodged a planning application with Renfrewshire Council asking to change the use of part of the former Rolls Royce factory, at Hillington, Renfrewshire to create the leisure, training and conference centre called The Experience.

The project, which is hoped to be operating by October, will employ 60 full-time staff – with 30 of these posts being new jobs – and at any one time, there will be 50 young people receiving employment training.

Plans also include themed dining, other leisure activities as well as conference and events facilities. Work to  transform the building is expected to cost £800,000, and will also provide jobs and training for young people, through KibbleWorks other social enterprise businesses.

Kibble’s chief executive Graham Bell said: “This is a hugely exciting project for KibbleWorks and at the heart of the project beats a strong social cause.

“Not only are we planning to create Scotland’s first indoor electric go-kart arena with other leisure and social enterprise business opportunities, we’ll be giving many young people the training and job experience that will help them find permanent work or encourage them to go on to further education.”

As well as the main family-orientated electric go-kart indoor track, there will be a smaller junior track for younger children; a kids party room; soft play area; dining and café facilities.

The building will also house a commercial kitchen servicing the main Kibble campus and creating a catering business.

Bell added: “We want to create a steady stream of work-ready candidates for the wider jobs market or further education in the leisure and hospitality sector.”