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Winchester ice rink plan unveiled after 30-year bid


A £20m Olympic-sized ice arena is planned for Winchester.The proposed development at the old council depot site at Bar End would also include a 120-bed hotel and restaurant. The plans follow a 30-year campaign by Winchester Ice Sport Association to get a rink back on the south coast after the one in Southampton closed in 1988.Developers Aethos Development Limited will present the plans to city councillors at a meeting later.’Fingers crossed’The arena, which would be privately funded, would feature a four-lane curling rink, ten-pin bowling and indoor caving.The development is supported by Olympic figure-skating champions Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Robin Cousins.Edna Boden, from Winchester Ice Sport Association, said: “We’ve been almost 30 years now without our much-loved ice rink. “This campaigning is paying off and we are keeping our fingers crossed that maybe this time the council will look favourably on us.”
Source: BBC Hamp