Ice rink campaigners get backing boost from hotel and accommodation bosses

Bournemouth Echo: SUPPORT: Campaigners for a new skating rink in Bournemouth gather at the current BIC temporary rink with their petitions SUPPORT: Campaigners for a new skating rink in Bournemouth gather at the current BIC temporary rink with their petitions

CAMPAIGNERS battling to see an ice rink open in Bournemouth have been backed by the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA).

Industry leaders say that the facility, which has been on the cards for more than 30 years, could support tourism in the town.

An online petition calling for an Olympic-sized rink has gathered almost 1,200 signatures, while 200 more have put their names to paper copies being circulated in Bournemouth.

Paul Clarke, chairman of BAHA, said: “We would be very happy to support this initiative, which will not only add a wet weather attraction, but also a destination experience and activity ideal for not only the local conurbation but tourists as well.”

Mary Waygood, who started the Facebook group Westover Ice Rink – Memories, said: “It’s all going really well.

“This support from BAHA is absolutely fantastic, and really welcome.”

On Friday evening, supporters of the initiative gathered at the BIC’s temporary rink before taking to the ice together.

Bournemouth Borough Council has given planning permission for a rink at Kings Park, but currently has no developer in place to build it.

Mary, who is hoping for 5,000 signatures by the beginning of March, said: “There are some questions that we’d like to put to the council.

“If they are having trouble finding an investor for Kings Park, would they consider building a rink on the site of council-owned property? If there is property not being used, then perhaps that could be transferred to a suitable site for the rink. It has come to the point where actions speak louder than words.”

Supporters say a rink would be commercially viable if it were big enough.

Councillor Lawrence Williams, portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, 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 and 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.”

Email the campaigners at bournemouthice@live.co.uk

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1:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Are they putting any money up?
Are they putting any money up? kalebmoledirt

1:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bombay fish shop says...

That will shut the nay sayers up. The people who know a little bit about tourism, tourist's and hotels say its a great idea and give it there backing.

CAMPAIGNERS battling to see an ice rink open in Bournemouth have been backed by the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA).

Industry leaders say that the facility, which has been on the cards for more than 30 years, could support tourism in the town.

So if all the doom mungers could jog on, we may get the rink we all want and when it s built they will put a plaque on the wall one for Mary Waygood and Michele Hartnett and another for all the people to know who did not want the rink.
That will shut the nay sayers up. The people who know a little bit about tourism, tourist's and hotels say its a great idea and give it there backing. CAMPAIGNERS battling to see an ice rink open in Bournemouth have been backed by the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association (BAHA). Industry leaders say that the facility, which has been on the cards for more than 30 years, could support tourism in the town. So if all the doom mungers could jog on, we may get the rink we all want and when it s built they will put a plaque on the wall one for Mary Waygood and Michele Hartnett and another for all the people to know who did not want the rink. Bombay fish shop

1:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

TheDistrict says...

Rubbish developers, because the council chooses them. Look at the scenario, ASR Ltd (Surf Reef), Trevor Osborne (Pavilion Complex), the list goes on. Why can't Beesley and Co, choose reptuable developers in the first place, then we might get things done.
Rubbish developers, because the council chooses them. Look at the scenario, ASR Ltd (Surf Reef), Trevor Osborne (Pavilion Complex), the list goes on. Why can't Beesley and Co, choose reptuable developers in the first place, then we might get things done. TheDistrict

1:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Bristol is currently undertaking a similar exercise looking for a developer to build a new ice rink in the city following the demolition of the city centre rink to make way for student accommodation. The city already has an established ice hockey team and the population of Greater Bristol is c1million. If Bristol is struggling to find investors Bournemouth Council will have to come up with some pretty attractive incentives to secure a deal - another taxpayer hand out to private developers.
Bristol is currently undertaking a similar exercise looking for a developer to build a new ice rink in the city following the demolition of the city centre rink to make way for student accommodation. The city already has an established ice hockey team and the population of Greater Bristol is c1million. If Bristol is struggling to find investors Bournemouth Council will have to come up with some pretty attractive incentives to secure a deal - another taxpayer hand out to private developers. BmthNewshound

1:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

I imagine £3million plus of our Council money could have gone a long way to installing a new ice rink in an aesthetically improved modern building that we all used to own down at Bournemouth Pier

But then of course for the same money we are all far better off with that empty hole in the ground.
I imagine £3million plus of our Council money could have gone a long way to installing a new ice rink in an aesthetically improved modern building that we all used to own down at Bournemouth Pier But then of course for the same money we are all far better off with that empty hole in the ground. muscliffman

2:59pm Wed 5 Feb 14

typ nowhere says...

In Gosport the building is owned by the council but all of the equipment is owned by the ice rink operator.
In Gosport the building is owned by the council but all of the equipment is owned by the ice rink operator. typ nowhere

3:13pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bbird says...

A world class Modern Art Gallery would really enhance Bournemouth. Do we not have any local philanthropists who would contribute? Bring some desparately needed culture here.
A world class Modern Art Gallery would really enhance Bournemouth. Do we not have any local philanthropists who would contribute? Bring some desparately needed culture here. bbird

4:36pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Townee says...

If all these hotel are in favour of the ice rink because it will bring tourists to the town and in doing so increase their profits. If this is the case then put your money where your mouth is and stop wanting hard pressed resident to finance their ideas. Those who want an ice rink should get the money for themselves not want everyone to stump it up. The same goes for an art gallery why should the majority pay for what the minority want.
If a shop keeper opens a shop he doesn't expect his customers to pay his start up costs.
If all these hotel are in favour of the ice rink because it will bring tourists to the town and in doing so increase their profits. If this is the case then put your money where your mouth is and stop wanting hard pressed resident to finance their ideas. Those who want an ice rink should get the money for themselves not want everyone to stump it up. The same goes for an art gallery why should the majority pay for what the minority want. If a shop keeper opens a shop he doesn't expect his customers to pay his start up costs. Townee

6:32pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bbird says...

Townee wrote:
If all these hotel are in favour of the ice rink because it will bring tourists to the town and in doing so increase their profits. If this is the case then put your money where your mouth is and stop wanting hard pressed resident to finance their ideas. Those who want an ice rink should get the money for themselves not want everyone to stump it up. The same goes for an art gallery why should the majority pay for what the minority want.
If a shop keeper opens a shop he doesn't expect his customers to pay his start up costs.
The British Museum followed by The Tate Modern (Modern Art Gallery) were the top 2 visitor attractions in London (2012 data). Apart from our wonderful beach, superb coastline and countryside etc, what can we offer in Bournemouth: fast food, hen & stag parties, alcohol & drugs, cloned shops. OK a slight exaggeration - but apart from the delightful Russell Cote's (which us unlikely to attract people from far and wide - we have limited culture.

Granted not everyone is interested in art, but the same can be said about an ice rink. The difference is good exhibitions will attract visitors to come and stay in hotels and spend money in the town. Oh and sure let's have an icerink as well.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: If all these hotel are in favour of the ice rink because it will bring tourists to the town and in doing so increase their profits. If this is the case then put your money where your mouth is and stop wanting hard pressed resident to finance their ideas. Those who want an ice rink should get the money for themselves not want everyone to stump it up. The same goes for an art gallery why should the majority pay for what the minority want. If a shop keeper opens a shop he doesn't expect his customers to pay his start up costs.[/p][/quote]The British Museum followed by The Tate Modern (Modern Art Gallery) were the top 2 visitor attractions in London (2012 data). Apart from our wonderful beach, superb coastline and countryside etc, what can we offer in Bournemouth: fast food, hen & stag parties, alcohol & drugs, cloned shops. OK a slight exaggeration - but apart from the delightful Russell Cote's (which us unlikely to attract people from far and wide - we have limited culture. Granted not everyone is interested in art, but the same can be said about an ice rink. The difference is good exhibitions will attract visitors to come and stay in hotels and spend money in the town. Oh and sure let's have an icerink as well. bbird

7:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

While I admire your determination.Bourne
mouth needs to go back to basics.I suggest it needs to reintroduce some elegance and glamour Rid itself of the Stag/hen party leave it to Swanage or Weymouth.We Are not end of the line,we should aspire to create facilities that will generate culture and sophistication. World class galleries and theatres boutique restaurants a casino an ice rink ,,spa and some exclusive delicatessen selling local food. A horse racing track
Send the council on a fact finding jolly to Deauvil just across the channel.you may just beat Brighton to being the place to be seen
While I admire your determination.Bourne mouth needs to go back to basics.I suggest it needs to reintroduce some elegance and glamour Rid itself of the Stag/hen party leave it to Swanage or Weymouth.We Are not end of the line,we should aspire to create facilities that will generate culture and sophistication. World class galleries and theatres boutique restaurants a casino an ice rink ,,spa and some exclusive delicatessen selling local food. A horse racing track Send the council on a fact finding jolly to Deauvil just across the channel.you may just beat Brighton to being the place to be seen kalebmoledirt

11:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

There is nothing stopping the BAHA financing it.

Sell 1000 debentures of 5000 quid each - the money can be taken as a loan against the value of the hotelier's business - and run it as a proper business. Perhaps 'Bournemouth Bank' can provide the finance?

The concept that 'they' will provide 'it' to benefit 'our business' seems somewhat odd. However, with a Council that throws money at failed surf reefs and IMAX debacles, I suppose it is worth a try............
There is nothing stopping the BAHA financing it. Sell 1000 debentures of 5000 quid each - the money can be taken as a loan against the value of the hotelier's business - and run it as a proper business. Perhaps 'Bournemouth Bank' can provide the finance? The concept that 'they' will provide 'it' to benefit 'our business' seems somewhat odd. However, with a Council that throws money at failed surf reefs and IMAX debacles, I suppose it is worth a try............ Yankee1

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