Ice idea – rink could be brought in for Christ­mas

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Philip NOR­RIS philip.nor­[email protected]­

ACHRISTMAS out­door ice rink could be re­turn­ing to the heart of Chel­tenham this year. It would be in Im­pe­rial Gar­dens and is be­ing touted as some­thing that could bring more peo­ple into town over the fes­tive pe­riod.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has been submitted to Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil which shows the tem­po­rary rink would be on land to the rear of The Quad­ran­gle, off the Prom­e­nade.

There are also plans to have food out­lets as well as a bar.

The ap­pli­ca­tion from the Chel­tenham Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District seeks per­mis­sion for tem­po­rary struc­tures over 75 days from Novem­ber through to Jan­uary.

It says: “These tem­po­rary struc­tures would com­pro­mise mainly of an out­door ice rink, mar­quees, food pro­vi­sion and bar, to a lesser de­gree tem­po­rary of­fice and other such struc­tures nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with events.

“The pe­riod of a max­i­mum of 75 days would in­clude the con­struc­tion and dis­man­tling of tem­po­rary struc­tures but not the time taken to re-in­state the ground if and when re­quired.

It adds: “The 75 days can be bro­ken down into 29 days for con­struc­tion and

dis­man­tling and 46 days for the ice rink to be in op­er­a­tion.”

It is the same area of land where the Chel­tenham Eye op­er­ated back in Fe­bru­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan­ning doc­u­ments, which are avail­able to view on­line, Chel­tenham BID has had an ini­tial con­ver­sa­tion with Chel­tenham Trust around the us­age of the ex­ist­ing town bar.

The doc­u­ments also say The Friends of Im­pe­rial Gar­dens were con­sulted this month with re­gard to the pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties.

The doc­u­ments said The Friends were sup­port­ive of the pro­posal “but ex­pressed a de­sire that the vol­ume of any mu­sic played at the ice rink is kept to a rea­son­able level”.

In con­clu­sion, the ap­pli­ca­tion says: “The coun­cil is keen to help busi­nesses, both re­tail and night-time econ­omy, dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son.

“This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate.

“The ice rink would be a won­der­ful attraction for Chel­tenham but would also bring foot­fall to the town that would help busi­nesses of all kinds at the most im­por­tant time of the year.”

A pre­vi­ous Chel­tenham ice rink was hosted in nearby Mont­pel­lier Gar­dens.

Glouces­ter also hosts a pop­u­lar ice rink at The Docks at Christ­mas.

Friends of Hather­ley Park marked the venue’s 80th year with a spe­cial birth­day event. En­joy­ing the week­end of cel­e­bra­tions are, clockwise from top are, Henry Doherty; Ellen and Mary Har­ries; Toby Wolfe. Pic­tures: Eloisa Wild­smith

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