Lee Valley ice rink closed for maintenance

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.

Link: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/go/iceskating/

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.

Link: www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

Update on Plymouth Pavilions

The Plymouth Herald reports on the stalled plan to redevelop Plymouth Pavilions, currently home to Plymouth’s ice rink.

Plymouth Argyle FC chairman James Brent was handed ownership of the Pavilions on the condition that a new rink be built before redevelopment of the Pavilions could commence.

The plan for what would be a new Plymouth Arena to replace the Pavilions stalled, but the Herald reports that a plan by Plymouth Council to regenerate a nearby area might get things moving again.

Link: www.plymouthherald.co.uk

Everyone Active to manage Slough rink

Slough Council has announced that Everyone Active is to manage Slough’s refurbished ice rink when it reopens. The sports and leisure provider has a 10-year contract to manage leisure services across Slough, and took over management of Montem Leisure Centre on 1 June.

The council had been looking for an operator for all of its leisure facilities, thus ruling out specialist ice rink operators such as Silver Blades or Planet Ice. Everyone Active is the consumer brand of Sports and Leisure Management Limited, and the operator runs around 140 leisure and cultural facilities across the UK.

Slough Ice Arena and the leisure facilities there are due to reopen in March 2018.

Link (Everyone Active): www.slough.gov.uk

Link (Ice Arena update): www.slough.gov.uk

Fylde Coast Ice Arena closes

Fylde Coast Ice Arena has announced on its web page and Facebook page that it has closed because its refrigeration plant is beyond economic repair.

The rink had been experiencing issues with its plant, and the website now states that: “The equipment needed to make the ice is beyond repair. The logistical and technical challenges that this site presents, particularly the reliance upon external diesel power generation, have taken their toll on our chiller plant. As replacement equipment would be subject to the same conditions we have been advised that it is not viable to continue operating from this location. We have instructed contractors to dismantle and remove the rinks and as a result the Arena on Bristol Avenue will be closed permanently.”

The rink is the second to close in the area in recent years. Just a few miles away, Cleveleys Ice Arena, formerly known as Sub-Zero and as Jubilee Ice Arena, ran from 2011 to 2014 when it closed. It was re-opened and run by a community interest group but shut permanently in October 2015. At the time that Fylde Coast Ice Arena was proposed, concerns were raised during the planning process that the scheme would put the Cleveleys rink at risk.

Skaters in the area still have Blackburn rink and the tiny Blackpool Pleasure Beach rink.

Link: www.fyldecoasticearena.com

Fundraising campaign for Grimsby rink

The community group trying to save Grimsby ice rink has a fundraising campaign under way on Just Giving at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/grimsby-ice-rink

The group is trying to raise £50,000 to ensure the continuation of ice skating in North Lincolnshire. Grimsby rink is at risk from council cutbacks, and in February the community group was given six months to present an acceptable business plan.

Green light for Reading rink plan

Reading Chronicle reports that Reading Council has approved a £500 million development at Madejski Stadium that could include an ice rink along with homes, shops, a hotel and a conference centre.

The scheme, Royal Elm Park, has to go through the final stages of the planning process. Construction could start in early 2018.

Link: www.readingchronicle.co.uk