Rink plans sliding into new year
EXCITING plans to bring an ice rink to Cheltenham will not become a reality in time for this year's festive season, but could still go ahead in future.
That's the message from people behind the scheme to install a winter wonderland in a section of Pittville Park, complete with a 20 metre by 10 metre synthetic ice rink for skaters to enjoy.
When the proposals were first tabled last year they got a frosty response in some quarters, with a group of residents voicing concerns over parking problems and excessive noise at night time.
The borough council gave the concept its backing, saying it was even prepared to stump up £10,000 from its Promoting Cheltenham Fund to make it happen, but the Echo understands plans have now been dropped for this year.
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Susannah Moffat, manager of Central Cross Drive Cafe in Pittville Park, was one of the people behind the idea.
She said: "At the moment we have no plans to progress plans for the skating rink this Christmas.
"It's a bit of a shame but that's not to say that it won't happen in future.
"When we first discussed the idea most of the feedback from residents was very positive.
"However, there was a minority who raised concerns and these would have to be overcome if it is to go ahead."