Licence extension allows ice rink to pack a punch
A POPULAR ice rink can now host boxing, wrestling and dance shows and serve alcohol later into the night, 365 days a year.
Trafford council granted an application for a licence change by the owners of Altrincham’s Silver Blades Ice Rink in Oakfield Road, despite a complaint from a nearby resident about noise following previous boxing matches at the venue earlier this year.
Any activities held Monday to Sunday at the venue will now be allowed to run between the hours of 6am and 12.30am, but alcohol can only be served from 10am onwards.
The licensing decision extends the ice rink’s opening hours and grants permission for longer periods of entertainment and refreshment at the venue.
But one nearby resident, who lives on Oakfield Road, opposed the plans due to their concerns about noise, nuisance and the potential for public disorder because of alcohol.
They said: “Residents are already disturbed by the ice rink’s normal events, but at least these events end at a generally reasonable time.
“Giving the venue free reign to disturb residents 365 days a year into the early hours is just not acceptable.”
In spite of this, Trafford council granted permission and activities now allowed to continue until 12.30am include dance performances, live indoor sporting events, boxing, wrestling and live music.
Following a successful one-off boxing and wrestling event earlier this year, the rink’s management applied for council permission for more regular shows – which was granted back in July.
Now, the venue has more flexibility for when those shows will be hosted and for how long they can continue.
The rink is also home to the popular Manchester Storm ice hockey team and is where they regularly play matches on Sunday evenings, supported by sizeable crowds.
The Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham