Six-year plan for Portsmouth seasonal rink

The News reports on a plan to bring a seasonal ice rink to Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square every winter until January 2024.

Construction of the rink and winter wonderland this year is expected to start in early November.  The rink should open on 18 November 2017 and will run until 2 January 2018.
Portsmouth has had a chequered history of seasonal ice rinks, with a plastic rink at Gunwharf Quays running irregularly for a number of years.




Aberdeen ice rink reopens after facelift

Evening Express reports that Linx Ice Arena, Aberdeen, has reopened after receiving a £100,000 facelift. The rink was shut for a short period over the summer.


Work set to start on Cambridge rink

Cambridge News reports that work is expected to start imminently on the new ice rink off Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

The 56 by 26 metre ice rink and 1,000-seat arena is due to open in summer 2018.


Council to give final verdict on Grimsby rink bid

Grimsby Telegraph reports that North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet is due to make the final decision on Wednesday next week as to whether a community group can take over the running of Grimsby ice rink.

Update: The council approved the takeover at a meeting on 2 August, and the community group officially takes control of the ice rink on 28 August.


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New vision for Plymouth ice rink

Plymouth Herald reports that Plymouth Argyle Football Club chairman James Brent has revealed new plans for an ice rink and hotel as part of the redevelopment of the club’s stadium and surrounding land. A planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the month.

Plans for a rink as part of this development had stalled. As part of an agreement with Plymouth Council, a new rink has to be in place before Brent can redevelop the old rink at Plymouth Pavilions. Plans to redevelop the football stadium to provide a rink were originally submitted in 2013.


Lee Valley ice rink closed for maintenance

Update, 5 September: The rink is now open again.

A reminder that Lee Valley ice rink in London is closed for maintenance from 12 July until 4 September.

Work on the rink includes provision of a new ice pad, cooling system and rink barrier.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is still investigating plans to create a twin-pad ice rink on the site.


Community plan to save Grimsby rink agreed in principle

Grimsby Telegraph reports that the community group hoping to take over Grimsby ice rink has moved closer to its objective.

A business plan by Grimsby Ice Rink Community (GIRC) has been agreed “in principle” by North East Lincolnshire Council, and only cabinet approval stands in the group’s way of taking over the rink.