Give us permanent ice rink: hundreds sign petition to bring skating back to Bournemouth for good

NICE ICE: The ice rink in Bournemouth Lower Gardens.

IN THE PAST: Westover Road Ice Rink in 1989

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HUNDREDS of skating enthusiasts have signed a petition in a bid to get a permanent ice rink in Bournemouth.

So far nearly 300 people have backed the online petition and organisers are hoping local authorities will sit up and listen.

Mary Waygood was a regular user of the Westover Road ice rink, which closed in 1991, and she hopes a new campaign will see skating return to the town for good.

A recent reunion for ex-Westover Road skaters used the full capacity of the temporary rink at the BIC and she hopes the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games, the temporary rink in Bournemouth’s Gardens and the return of Dancing on Ice to our TV screens will add to the campaign.

“There’s nothing for young people to do in Bournemouth that doesn’t involve the cinema or eating,” she said. “We want a permanent ice rink based in Bournemouth where people of all ages can socialise and enjoy sport in a safe environment.

“Temporary ice rinks are all very well but youngsters don’t get the chance to develop their skills if they are only skating once or twice a year.” Among those who have signed the petition are Paul Sime, who said: “Ice rinks are a great community asset whre all ages can enjoy everything from skating to ice hockey.

“In this era where experts are constantly telling us to do more exercise a place like this would be ideal – good luck Bournemouth.”

Lindsey Harris said: “It’s important to have facilities for younger people in Bournemouth that don’t just revolve around drinking alcohol, eating fast food and hanging round the streets.”

And Luke Evans added: “An ice rink would do wonders for this town.”

A spokesperson for Bournemouth Council said: "The Council is committed to working with the private sector to provide a new permanent ice facility for Bournemouth.  Land at Kings Park has been earmarked as a suitable site for this development and the Council secured outline planning permission in October 2010.

"Unfortunately, it has so far been difficult to attract a suitable developer/operator in the current economic climate and no bids were received as a result of a detailed marketing of the site, ending in March 2012, despite a number of expressions of interest.  The Council subsequently has been working with interested parties who have expressed a desire to develop the site, but unfortunately these discussions have not yet resulted in a viable proposal.

"We are currently in discussions with an ice rink operator and we remain committed to the provision of a new ice facility in Kings Park.  However, at a time when the Council’s finances are under severe pressure, we need to ensure that any proposals are economically viable and can be developed and operated without subsidy."

The petition can be found at thepetitionsite.com/663/912/737/we-want-a-new-permanent-ice-rink-in-bournemouth-for-everyone-now-weve-waited-long-enough/

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6:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

Bournefre says...

I'm not against an ice rink at all, I just don't think it should be on the beach as a lot of others seem to think it 'needs to be'.
I'm not against an ice rink at all, I just don't think it should be on the beach as a lot of others seem to think it 'needs to be'. Bournefre
  • Score: 12

8:49am Fri 3 Jan 14

kathyhunt says...

you dont have to be a skater to sign the petition but we would be very grateful if you can get as many people to sign to help get the ice rink back in bournemouth for all age groups. A wonderful past time for many of us but future generations can benefit from fun exercise and the many shows and hockey games a new rink could give us.
Please please sign and help bournemouth as a community. thank you for you support in advance.
you dont have to be a skater to sign the petition but we would be very grateful if you can get as many people to sign to help get the ice rink back in bournemouth for all age groups. A wonderful past time for many of us but future generations can benefit from fun exercise and the many shows and hockey games a new rink could give us. Please please sign and help bournemouth as a community. thank you for you support in advance. kathyhunt
  • Score: 2

9:02am Fri 3 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?
The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 7

9:15am Fri 3 Jan 14

60plus says...

Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it.
Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it. 60plus
  • Score: 17

10:27am Fri 3 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

It'll never happen, they are to focused on building new beach huts or cycle lanes.
It'll never happen, they are to focused on building new beach huts or cycle lanes. Hessenford
  • Score: 7

11:12am Fri 3 Jan 14

Carl Baron says...

Yes they do need a permanent Ice rink yet Bournemouth Council needs to invest into a New Bus Station as the old one was burnt down in 1972 approximately and has never been rebuilt. The Cancer causing diesel fumes in the Town Center from buses are disgusting especially in the summer.. The prior Bus Station was built in a high position so fumes were blown away but now the fumes are concentrated in the low lying town center. Doctors in both Bournemouth and Poole have reported large numbers of the public suffering from Breathing problems, is there any wonder?
Yes they do need a permanent Ice rink yet Bournemouth Council needs to invest into a New Bus Station as the old one was burnt down in 1972 approximately and has never been rebuilt. The Cancer causing diesel fumes in the Town Center from buses are disgusting especially in the summer.. The prior Bus Station was built in a high position so fumes were blown away but now the fumes are concentrated in the low lying town center. Doctors in both Bournemouth and Poole have reported large numbers of the public suffering from Breathing problems, is there any wonder? Carl Baron
  • Score: 6

12:04pm Fri 3 Jan 14

In Absentia says...

We get the same old story about this every year. Why should this be commercially viable now? No Council funds should be invested in this, if it can't run as a business then too bad.
We get the same old story about this every year. Why should this be commercially viable now? No Council funds should be invested in this, if it can't run as a business then too bad. In Absentia
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

60plus wrote:
Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it.
More like if its not profitable get rid of it.
Don't most holiday makers go to Spain now for their holidays? The golden years for Bournemouth were the 50s and 60s with the gardens and beaches packed with families taking their two week summer holiday. BBC should be concentrating on what the town already has by keeping the place clean, tidy and well maintained. I fear it may be too late!
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it.[/p][/quote]More like if its not profitable get rid of it. Don't most holiday makers go to Spain now for their holidays? The golden years for Bournemouth were the 50s and 60s with the gardens and beaches packed with families taking their two week summer holiday. BBC should be concentrating on what the town already has by keeping the place clean, tidy and well maintained. I fear it may be too late! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
60plus wrote:
Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it.
More like if its not profitable get rid of it.
Don't most holiday makers go to Spain now for their holidays? The golden years for Bournemouth were the 50s and 60s with the gardens and beaches packed with families taking their two week summer holiday. BBC should be concentrating on what the town already has by keeping the place clean, tidy and well maintained. I fear it may be too late!
In the 50s and 60s more people used coaches or trains to go on holiday, cars were a luxury that many couldn't afford, Bournemouth had a bus station five minutes from the beach.
50 years later the bus station has gone, there's hardly any affordable parking near to the beach and it full of over priced tatty bed and breakfasts and equally over priced hotels, the road network is falling apart and more often than not clogged up, when much needed visitors do arrive they are kindly greeted with a parking ticket because the council are closing car parks down while painting yet more yellow lines.
Would I travel miles to Bournemouth just for the sandy beach and a parking ticket, I think not, people want attractions these days not just a sandy beach and gardens, Bournemouth is out of date for today's holiday makers, even the air festival is becoming monotonous and boring, Bournemouth had its days and they will never return until these Councillors get their heads out of their rear ends and come up with something to draw crowds back.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Bournemouth also got rid of the swimming pool which is another great attraction for holiday makers,it appears if it works get rid of it.[/p][/quote]More like if its not profitable get rid of it. Don't most holiday makers go to Spain now for their holidays? The golden years for Bournemouth were the 50s and 60s with the gardens and beaches packed with families taking their two week summer holiday. BBC should be concentrating on what the town already has by keeping the place clean, tidy and well maintained. I fear it may be too late![/p][/quote]In the 50s and 60s more people used coaches or trains to go on holiday, cars were a luxury that many couldn't afford, Bournemouth had a bus station five minutes from the beach. 50 years later the bus station has gone, there's hardly any affordable parking near to the beach and it full of over priced tatty bed and breakfasts and equally over priced hotels, the road network is falling apart and more often than not clogged up, when much needed visitors do arrive they are kindly greeted with a parking ticket because the council are closing car parks down while painting yet more yellow lines. Would I travel miles to Bournemouth just for the sandy beach and a parking ticket, I think not, people want attractions these days not just a sandy beach and gardens, Bournemouth is out of date for today's holiday makers, even the air festival is becoming monotonous and boring, Bournemouth had its days and they will never return until these Councillors get their heads out of their rear ends and come up with something to draw crowds back. Hessenford
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

keith1967 says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?
The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?[/p][/quote]The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids. keith1967
  • Score: 6

1:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BOURNE RED says...

The old winter gardens site would be good place to locate a ice rink!! It's big enough close to the beach and easily could be for competitions too...
Ice skating: you get family's/dates etc all enjoy going ice skating , plus you get teams like ice hockey teams, ice skaters.. Just look at the national ice centre in Nottingham it obviously makes money and the south coast could really do with this too.
The old winter gardens site would be good place to locate a ice rink!! It's big enough close to the beach and easily could be for competitions too... Ice skating: you get family's/dates etc all enjoy going ice skating , plus you get teams like ice hockey teams, ice skaters.. Just look at the national ice centre in Nottingham it obviously makes money and the south coast could really do with this too. BOURNE RED
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Fri 3 Jan 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

keith1967 wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?
The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids.
The Westover rink in the sixties was small. In order to put on an ice show the rink was made even smaller with seating out on the ice. Used to go to a disco evening at the Westover in the 60s; everyone just drifting round in an anticlockwise rotation, soon got boring.
[quote][p][bold]keith1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?[/p][/quote]The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids.[/p][/quote]The Westover rink in the sixties was small. In order to put on an ice show the rink was made even smaller with seating out on the ice. Used to go to a disco evening at the Westover in the 60s; everyone just drifting round in an anticlockwise rotation, soon got boring. The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: -3

1:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

keith1967 says...

I would agree that it would have to support itself, but believe it would be well used by locals and visitors alike.
There is nothing to do in Bournemouth unless you want to get drunk, eat food, or sit in a cinema. It is a great pastime for all the family regardless of age and more fun than jogging or going to the Gym. Everytime you see any proposed plans for development in the town it seems to include nothing but fast food outlets and cheap chain restaurants, some of us would like something different.
I would agree that it would have to support itself, but believe it would be well used by locals and visitors alike. There is nothing to do in Bournemouth unless you want to get drunk, eat food, or sit in a cinema. It is a great pastime for all the family regardless of age and more fun than jogging or going to the Gym. Everytime you see any proposed plans for development in the town it seems to include nothing but fast food outlets and cheap chain restaurants, some of us would like something different. keith1967
  • Score: 9

2:43pm Fri 3 Jan 14

keith1967 says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
keith1967 wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote: The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?
The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids.
The Westover rink in the sixties was small. In order to put on an ice show the rink was made even smaller with seating out on the ice. Used to go to a disco evening at the Westover in the 60s; everyone just drifting round in an anticlockwise rotation, soon got boring.
yes I would agree that the Westover rink was never the largest, but the one at Tower park was smaller than that. I suppose it depends what you enjoy, I used to go to the disco evenings on a Friday/Saturday night during the Eighties and it was packed. whether teenagers today would enjoy this I cannot say, but I always found it a great way to meet people and socialise.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith1967[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: The ice rink at Tower Park became a bingo hall, would such an attraction in Bournemouth be any different?[/p][/quote]The Ice Rink at Tower Park was too small and unfit for purpose. I used to go to Westover rink in the Eighties and would not go to the Tower Park one, as it was more designed for young kids.[/p][/quote]The Westover rink in the sixties was small. In order to put on an ice show the rink was made even smaller with seating out on the ice. Used to go to a disco evening at the Westover in the 60s; everyone just drifting round in an anticlockwise rotation, soon got boring.[/p][/quote]yes I would agree that the Westover rink was never the largest, but the one at Tower park was smaller than that. I suppose it depends what you enjoy, I used to go to the disco evenings on a Friday/Saturday night during the Eighties and it was packed. whether teenagers today would enjoy this I cannot say, but I always found it a great way to meet people and socialise. keith1967
  • Score: 3

4:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Arjay says...

In Absentia wrote:
We get the same old story about this every year. Why should this be commercially viable now? No Council funds should be invested in this, if it can't run as a business then too bad.
It's a shame that ice skating, as a sport, doesn't command the same respect as, say, cycling does..... When the cycling velodrome at Slades Farm was built, I don't think an essential requirement was simply 'commercial viability'? .....It was deemed to be a good idea to encourage cycling as a sport. A highly commendable idea....

In addition to the family fun aspect of ice skating, there is also an important sporting aspect to the pastime as well.... figure skating - speed skating - ice dancing - ice hockey..... So hopefully that aspect would help to relieve the purely 'commercial' viability requirement of any new local ice rink.
Having said that, I can't see why it shouldn't be successful commercially ... there isn't another permanent ice rink within 50 miles of here!
[quote][p][bold]In Absentia[/bold] wrote: We get the same old story about this every year. Why should this be commercially viable now? No Council funds should be invested in this, if it can't run as a business then too bad.[/p][/quote]It's a shame that ice skating, as a sport, doesn't command the same respect as, say, cycling does..... When the cycling velodrome at Slades Farm was built, I don't think an essential requirement was simply 'commercial viability'? .....It was deemed to be a good idea to encourage cycling as a sport. A highly commendable idea.... In addition to the family fun aspect of ice skating, there is also an important sporting aspect to the pastime as well.... figure skating - speed skating - ice dancing - ice hockey..... So hopefully that aspect would help to relieve the purely 'commercial' viability requirement of any new local ice rink. Having said that, I can't see why it shouldn't be successful commercially ... there isn't another permanent ice rink within 50 miles of here! Arjay
  • Score: 6

3:40am Sat 4 Jan 14

Ginny nz says...

There must have been a good reason to close the Westover Road rink . Probably not enough people using it , why should a new one make any difference ?
There must have been a good reason to close the Westover Road rink . Probably not enough people using it , why should a new one make any difference ? Ginny nz
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Sat 4 Jan 14

davecook says...

Ginny nz wrote:
There must have been a good reason to close the Westover Road rink . Probably not enough people using it , why should a new one make any difference ?
Times change, and what is not viable in the 1990's may well be viable again now. Being old enough to see numerous changes in Bournemouth and the area over the years, not only would the ice rink be an attraction for locals, but an all round attraction for people visiting on holiday. Staycations will get ever more popular if people realise how good our own country can be for a holiday. People above are talking about traffic fumes from buses since the 1960's, and particularly since the bus station burned down in 1972. Those fumes would not have been helped when diesel buses took over from the trolleybuses we had, a fantastic green transport system which I wish we had back now. Along with the closed down railways all over the region, closed because of the increase in car ownership, which has saturated the roads to the point where we could do with the closed railways back open again (if only)...........
[quote][p][bold]Ginny nz[/bold] wrote: There must have been a good reason to close the Westover Road rink . Probably not enough people using it , why should a new one make any difference ?[/p][/quote]Times change, and what is not viable in the 1990's may well be viable again now. Being old enough to see numerous changes in Bournemouth and the area over the years, not only would the ice rink be an attraction for locals, but an all round attraction for people visiting on holiday. Staycations will get ever more popular if people realise how good our own country can be for a holiday. People above are talking about traffic fumes from buses since the 1960's, and particularly since the bus station burned down in 1972. Those fumes would not have been helped when diesel buses took over from the trolleybuses we had, a fantastic green transport system which I wish we had back now. Along with the closed down railways all over the region, closed because of the increase in car ownership, which has saturated the roads to the point where we could do with the closed railways back open again (if only)........... davecook
  • Score: -1

10:53pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

Rather than sign useless petitions, why not form a company, do a business plan, find investors and run it as a community coop?

If it were financially viable, there would be one (as in Oxford).

Why must 'they' supply 'toys'?
Rather than sign useless petitions, why not form a company, do a business plan, find investors and run it as a community coop? If it were financially viable, there would be one (as in Oxford). Why must 'they' supply 'toys'? Yankee1
  • Score: 0

10:31am Sun 5 Jan 14

musclifflady says...

Musclifflady writes
wouldn't it be great to see an ice rink return to Bournemouth? Bournemouth is a thriving town that has lost the old 'blue rinse brigade' image of years ago. We have a university now with all the young people that has brought with it. Surely an amenity such as this would be very popular? Don't forget, we are not just dependant on summer tourism - Bournemouth is an all year round resort and I do feel, as someone who has lived here all her life, that residents are way down the pecking order when new amenities are discussed as the emphasis is always on what we can do to attract the tourists! As for the council comment about economic viability - what a joke! Anyone remember the surf reef?? how much did that cost us - 3 million quid? Anyone with an ounce of nouse, who visits that stretch of beach as I have been for 50 years would know it is always like a mill pond. I understand the reef, or what remains of it is a haven for wild life, so perhaps not a complete waste of taxpayers money then??
Kings Park would be a very good venue for an ice rink possibly. I think it would be a very good thing for the town, especially if it is one of the first on the south coast and could potentially capture the market for sporting events and shows as we have for conferences etc. It would also bring in valuable revenue and boost employment, not just at the venue itself but through associated industries.
I would be all for it.
Musclifflady writes wouldn't it be great to see an ice rink return to Bournemouth? Bournemouth is a thriving town that has lost the old 'blue rinse brigade' image of years ago. We have a university now with all the young people that has brought with it. Surely an amenity such as this would be very popular? Don't forget, we are not just dependant on summer tourism - Bournemouth is an all year round resort and I do feel, as someone who has lived here all her life, that residents are way down the pecking order when new amenities are discussed as the emphasis is always on what we can do to attract the tourists! As for the council comment about economic viability - what a joke! Anyone remember the surf reef?? how much did that cost us - 3 million quid? Anyone with an ounce of nouse, who visits that stretch of beach as I have been for 50 years would know it is always like a mill pond. I understand the reef, or what remains of it is a haven for wild life, so perhaps not a complete waste of taxpayers money then?? Kings Park would be a very good venue for an ice rink possibly. I think it would be a very good thing for the town, especially if it is one of the first on the south coast and could potentially capture the market for sporting events and shows as we have for conferences etc. It would also bring in valuable revenue and boost employment, not just at the venue itself but through associated industries. I would be all for it. musclifflady
  • Score: 3

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