RESIDENTS have been left without a party venue or a friendly place to after the sudden closure of Air Factory Trampoline Park.

Yesterday, Monday, May 13, the Lea Green venue issued a statement confirming the news of the closure.

The statement read: "It is with much sadness that we have to inform you that we have made the very tough decision, the business will be closed as of today.

"We would like to thank you all our customers for their continued support over the past years.

"Our business would not have thrived as it has if it wasn’t for your valued custom.

"Customers who have advanced booking will be fully refunded and as for Groupon tickets, they will all be refunded to the original payment account.

"Sorry for the inconvenience."

The £1m leisure attraction, set in a 21,000sq ft former warehouse, opened in October 2016, creating 65 full and part-time jobs were created, though the number affected by today's closure is not clear.

However following news of the closure, St Helens residents took to social media to say that the venue has left them without a party venue for their children's birthdays, some in less than a week, while others said they were sad to see it go.

Soph Gold said: "Let's hope they stick to their word and refund our money ASAP! I’m ringing round trying to book somewhere else now, my sons birthday is just over a week away."

Chris Mills added: "I have booked my child’s party on Friday, and you have closed down today, how do I go about getting my refund? The party was booked for Sunday 16th June"

Joanne Lo said: "Oh Nooo!!! How very sad. My kids love it there, had their parties there and the staff were brilliant.. wish you all well for the future."

Janet Forber said: "That is disappointing- not many places to go with kids in St Helens. Our son loved going here but must admit cafe was poor and toilets were not very clean"

Tracy O'Connor McFarlane added: "Oh no my kids loved there, it always looked like it needed a good clean but the kids had a good time. Great prices too."

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One mum who is sad to see it go is Shannon Hill, 23, from Parr, who used to take her three -year-old son Maison Wood, who has autism, to the venue each Wednesday.

She said: "I just feel disappointed, because it was the only place in St Helens which had an autism hour for children.

"My son won't be able to go on days out now unless it's to Preston or Skelmersdale to places that have this special hour.

"This closure affects a lot of people, not just the staff but children like Maison."

A rival trampoline park Velocity, based in Widnes and Wigan, has offered to help families who have booked parties with Air Factory by offering them a 15 per cent discount off the weekend party packages.

Owner Steve Cosgrove, said: "Air Factory has nothing to do with us, but we hate to see people let down like this so if they have booked a party then give us a call and I've told my staff to try our best to fit everyone in with a discount of the weekend party packages."

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