HOPES for an Olympic-sized ice rink in Bournemouth have once again been hit

HOPES for an Olympic-sized ice rink in Bournemouth have once again been hit as AFC Bournemouth pulled out of the multi-million pound scheme.

AFC Bournemouth advised Bournemouth council that it would not be progressing with proposals for an ice rink at King’s Park and Burnham Developments has also withdrawn.

Another company has expressed an interest in developing and operating the ice facility and council officers have begun discussions with them.

Independent Cllr Ron Whittaker who has spent years campaigning for an ice rink, said: “Last time I raised this issue I was told to be patient for a little while longer.

“I think seven years since the original motion by Cllr Chris Mayne and myself is patient enough.”

Bournemouth has been without a full-sized ice rink since the one in Westover Road shut down in January 1991.

The outline application for the centre of excellence for ice sports at King’s Park would encompass an Olympic-sized rink, with seating for up to 5,000 spectators, other indoor leisure facilities including a climbing wall and standing surf wave.

Leader of Bournemouth council John Beesley, said: “I share Cllr Whittaker’s frustration in the continuing difficulty in finding a developer who can finance an ice facility in King’s Park.

“The fact that we are still attempting to find a suitable party to work with should offer some encouragement to all those who would like to see this facility in Bournemouth.

“It is too early to say whether the discussions with the new company will result in a proposal coming forward.” AFC Bournemouth declined to comment.

Bournemouth echo

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