Find a way to build ice rink

Bournemouth Echo: Find a way to build ice rink Find a way to build ice rink

TWENTY-three years on from the closure of the Westover Ice Rink, there appears to be very little in the way of progress from those who have been elected to serve the people of Bournemouth to find a backer to build a replacement facility.

Maybe they could speak with the Lambeth Council who saw that the 1930s-built Streatham Ice Rink was in need of very expensive major repairs and took proactive steps.

It involved Tesco in a deal to build a large supermarket, affordable accommodation and leisure facilities (including an Olympic sized ice rink and a swimming pool which utilises a sharing of energy that creates the ice and uses the heat created to warm the water in the pool) on the site of the old rink and bus station.

Also, to keep the skaters’ skills up to date, they put up a ‘temporary’ ice rink in nearby Brixton for the two years it took to demolish the old site and build the new facilities.

Lambeth also kept its ratepayers fully informed via the web on the progress of the construction and held Tesco to an agreement that they could not open the supermarket until the leisure facilities were ready to open.

This is a wake-up call for our councillors. It’s time to get the priorities right and provide healthy recreation and social facilities for the ratepayers and university students, not more cinemas and fast food outlets.

Ice skating offers a unique way for all ages to mix and share a common interest that is both social and healthy.

ALAN DRING, Old Farm Road, Oakdale

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1:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Derf says...

why don't all those banging on about a new ice rink get their heads together, set up their own organisation and get one built themselves. If this letter is anything to go by, they know how to get backers on board and know how to run a profitable, successful business.
If they're certain it won't hemorrhage money and due to it's perceived popularity will be a sure fire hit, they'll have nothing to lose and there will be no risk involved. win - win from what I read on here.

Stop moaning that others won't build something for you and do it yourself!
why don't all those banging on about a new ice rink get their heads together, set up their own organisation and get one built themselves. If this letter is anything to go by, they know how to get backers on board and know how to run a profitable, successful business. If they're certain it won't hemorrhage money and due to it's perceived popularity will be a sure fire hit, they'll have nothing to lose and there will be no risk involved. win - win from what I read on here. Stop moaning that others won't build something for you and do it yourself! Derf
  • Score: 3

3:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

There is a developer desperate to plough his money into the Bournemouth leisure industry.However things are a bit moody at the moment.so I suggest you think roller blades and Richmond hill.more environmentally sound and won,t cost us the rate payer a penny .which will make a change
There is a developer desperate to plough his money into the Bournemouth leisure industry.However things are a bit moody at the moment.so I suggest you think roller blades and Richmond hill.more environmentally sound and won,t cost us the rate payer a penny .which will make a change kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

5:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

Instead of carrying on throwing money away on projects such as the surf reef, this zip wire thingy they're planning to run from the pier and the Imax, all of which are destined to lose money in the long term. Bournemouth should open a high class brothel. Now bear with me on this for a moment. Look at the advantages. Being the first of it's type, it would bring tourists from far and wide. It could have it's own bars, disco, dance hall etc. and it's own accommodation, so that any rowdy behaviour would be contained and not spill out onto the streets. It may go someway to cutting down on street prostitution. But the biggest advantage of all would be that no council that introduced it, would ever stand a hope in hell of being re-elected. That's why it should be done now.
Instead of carrying on throwing money away on projects such as the surf reef, this zip wire thingy they're planning to run from the pier and the Imax, all of which are destined to lose money in the long term. Bournemouth should open a high class brothel. Now bear with me on this for a moment. Look at the advantages. Being the first of it's type, it would bring tourists from far and wide. It could have it's own bars, disco, dance hall etc. and it's own accommodation, so that any rowdy behaviour would be contained and not spill out onto the streets. It may go someway to cutting down on street prostitution. But the biggest advantage of all would be that no council that introduced it, would ever stand a hope in hell of being re-elected. That's why it should be done now. Boscomite
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bmthresident55 says...

I agree that it is probably private enterprise that needs to build and manage an Ice Rink in Bournemouth. But if enough support is shown via the Echo and to our Councillors, maybe a developer might shown some interest. There is nothing wrong with "hope". Bournemouth could do with more year round indoor sport recreation. The Olympics proved that the interest is there.
I agree that it is probably private enterprise that needs to build and manage an Ice Rink in Bournemouth. But if enough support is shown via the Echo and to our Councillors, maybe a developer might shown some interest. There is nothing wrong with "hope". Bournemouth could do with more year round indoor sport recreation. The Olympics proved that the interest is there. Bmthresident55
  • Score: 5

9:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

hcharding says...

Boscomite wrote:
Instead of carrying on throwing money away on projects such as the surf reef, this zip wire thingy they're planning to run from the pier and the Imax, all of which are destined to lose money in the long term. Bournemouth should open a high class brothel. Now bear with me on this for a moment. Look at the advantages. Being the first of it's type, it would bring tourists from far and wide. It could have it's own bars, disco, dance hall etc. and it's own accommodation, so that any rowdy behaviour would be contained and not spill out onto the streets. It may go someway to cutting down on street prostitution. But the biggest advantage of all would be that no council that introduced it, would ever stand a hope in hell of being re-elected. That's why it should be done now.
I thought this had already happened with private enterprise which is just what this proposed ice rink needs.
[quote][p][bold]Boscomite[/bold] wrote: Instead of carrying on throwing money away on projects such as the surf reef, this zip wire thingy they're planning to run from the pier and the Imax, all of which are destined to lose money in the long term. Bournemouth should open a high class brothel. Now bear with me on this for a moment. Look at the advantages. Being the first of it's type, it would bring tourists from far and wide. It could have it's own bars, disco, dance hall etc. and it's own accommodation, so that any rowdy behaviour would be contained and not spill out onto the streets. It may go someway to cutting down on street prostitution. But the biggest advantage of all would be that no council that introduced it, would ever stand a hope in hell of being re-elected. That's why it should be done now.[/p][/quote]I thought this had already happened with private enterprise which is just what this proposed ice rink needs. hcharding
  • Score: 0

12:30am Thu 16 Jan 14

bally75 says...

We have 3 councils that are next door to each other with no large green belt dividing them and a combined population of over 300'000 residents larger than most cities in uk ! The problem here is not that the burden should fall on the rate payers of Bournemouth but a combined effort by all three councils to bring a scheme like this to fruition! Rinks pay there way if they are run well and the councillors keep a sensible lid on start up costs and design something that will stand the test of time.
We have 3 councils that are next door to each other with no large green belt dividing them and a combined population of over 300'000 residents larger than most cities in uk ! The problem here is not that the burden should fall on the rate payers of Bournemouth but a combined effort by all three councils to bring a scheme like this to fruition! Rinks pay there way if they are run well and the councillors keep a sensible lid on start up costs and design something that will stand the test of time. bally75
  • Score: -3

11:13am Sat 18 Jan 14

Azphreal says...

How much was made by the ones in Bournemouth over xmas?
How much was made by the ones in Bournemouth over xmas? Azphreal
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