North East Lincolnshire Council

Ice rink’s future secured

North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet has approved a plan submitted by the Grimsby Ice Rink Community Group to secure it for the future.

Members agreed for the ice rink to be transferred to the group after they prepared a business plan that shows how they intend to fund and manage it.

In September 2014 the Council invested £200,000 in an ice pad at Grimsby Leisure Centre as a temporary measure after the machinery that ran the old ice rink failed.

Setting up the temporary ice pad gave community groups, businesses and other organisations time to put forward viable proposals to take on the running of an ice rink in the borough.

At the time the council agreed to fund the ice pad for two years but an ice rink wasn’t something the Council would provide in the long term.

 

Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance, community assets, governance and tourism, said: “This is a great result and I’ve been impressed by the way the group have worked hard to put together a sound business case.

“This is exactly what we want to see more of – members of the community stepping up and taking on facilities that are no longer sustainable for the Council to run.

“We aim to complete the transfer by the end of August and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.”

 

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