Li­cence ex­ten­sion al­lows ice rink to pack a punch

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

RAY­MOND KNAPMAN

The Sil­ver Blades ice rink in Al­trin­cham

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