North East Lincolnshire Council

First Stronger Communities funding recipient announced

The group behind the success of Grimsby Ice Rink have been unveiled as the first recipients of the new Stronger Communities Fund.

The Stronger Communities Fund was established last year to replace Councillors ward funding, offering community groups and organisations the chance to bid for up to £10,000.

The fund is overseen by each of the leaders of the local political parties, and the first bid has now been announced.

The funding will be used to cover some of the costs of installing a fire resistant barrier on the first floor of the building, meeting one of the stipulations of the original lease.

Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance, community assets, governance and tourism, said: “I was very impressed with the hard work and determination of the group when they originally secured the ice rink last August.

“Since then, the group have begun to work on making the ice rink the huge success that it can be, and hopefully this funding will help make that a reality.

“The Stronger Communities Fund has really come into its own here, and the Ice Rink is a very deserving recipient. They offer a huge range of sports for people across the borough and have worked tremendously hard. Congratulations to the team at the Ice Rink.”

Joanne Routh, Chair of the Board of Directors at Grimsby Ice Rink, said: “We’re really thrilled to have gotten the grant. This money is going to be spent on segregation works, which will help us to secure the license.

“We’ve been very busy over the last few months. We have three adult hockey teams that use the ice rink, along with a great big youth hockey club which is one of the oldest in the UK.

“Alongside that, we have a figure skating academy, and plenty of regular users.”

The bid was chosen and approved by party leaders – Councillor Ray Oxby (Labour), Councillor Philip Jackson (Conservative), Councillor Steve Beasant (Liberal Democrat), and Councillor John Stockton (UKIP).

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