Grimsby

Grimsby Ice Rink set to close after losing money for years

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Grimsby Ice Rink is set to close after a council report recommended the rink closes ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’.

The rink at Grimsby Leisure Centre has been open since 1975 and has fought off a number of potential closures throughout the years.

However, North East Lincolnshire Council said it has been losing money for a number of years and can no longer afford to keep it open.

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Grimsby currently has three recreational teams which use the rink including Grimsby Ice Bears and Grimsby Stormers

Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “The council has been through an extensive process of engagement over a considerable length time, in an attempt to secure a commercially viable ice rink operation in the borough.

The ice rink has operated at a loss and the council is currently absorbing costs in respect of the hire of the ice rink chillers and maintenance and repair, which it cannot afford indefinitely.

Residents will hold a peaceful protest outside Grimsby Town Hall on Wednesday, December 21, where North East Lincolnshire councillors will decide on the fate of the rink.

Dave Cerrino currently plays for the Grimsby Ice Bears and visits the rink regularly with his family.

He told Lincolnshire Business: “We visit the rink at least five times a week and we took up the unique sport of ice skating/hockey from a young age and it has been a major part of my life.

“I am hoping that the protest will prolong the closure and just hope North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincs Inspire realise how important the rink is to the community.”