Search

Closure of Romford Ice Rink dominates Havering Community Questions session at Langtons, Hornchurch

12:00 30 March 2013

Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson

Archant

Ice was a hot topic at last night’s Community Questions session in Langtons – not the unseasonable weather, but the impending closure of Romford’s rink.

Angry parents and even one young skater were among 50 members of the public who visited Hornchurch to quiz council leader Cllr Michael White, Acting Chief Supt Tony Bennett of Havering Police, and Dr Aggarwal, chair of Havering’s CCG – the board of GPs that takes over healthcare commissioning on Monday.

Cllr White admitted the rink is likely to be demolished whether or not the “land swap” deal with Morrisons goes through because the existing building is “not fit for purpose”.

“That ice rink will close,” he said. “The only game in town is to re-provide it.”

But the council drew criticism for dragging its feet over the provision of a temporary rink. There is likely to be a two-year gap between the closure of the existing centre and the opening of the new rink and swimming pool in 2015.

With just three weeks to go, there has been no deal agreed to run a replacement rink, and no agreement to give Havering residents protected “ice time” at nearby centres.

“We offered to put up a building and supply it with electricity as long as the users’ community will run the building, because we as a council don’t run leisure facilities,” said Cllr White.

“At the moment all the organisations we’ve spoken to won’t do it because it’s not viable.”

But a member of the public said a nearby council had offered to step in and put up the money.

“Another council wants to help raise the money for the temporary rink because children from their borough use the ice rink,” she said. “But we’re still waiting for details of the site with the electricity. Until we get that information we can’t move forward.”

She also said she had called Lee Valley Ice Rink and Chelmsford Ice Rink and neither centre had heard of the plan to give Havering residents “ice time”.

But Cllr White dismissed the idea of another council’s involvement. “They shouldn’t be doing things in secret,” he said. “If they really want to help us, they should be making an approach to us.”

He added that his information was that Lee Valley and Chelmsford had been contacted.

During the session, residents also raised concerns about cycling in public parks, pedestrian access to Harold Wood polyclinic, car parking in Upminster town centre, and the difficulty of reporting crime in Havering.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

in 54 minutes
Patient Mike Dewison and former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.

A former Wimbledon champion stopped off in Romford to cut the ribbon for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.

12:00
Havering Council's flower bed for Her Majesty�s birthday.

Havering is this year’s biggest winners at the London in Bloom competition after it toppled last year’s previous record.

Yesterday, 17:13
Journalist and BBC presenter Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video. Picture Credit: PA images

BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine wrote an emotional letter to the victim of a viral assault video revealing his own experiences with bullies.

Yesterday, 16:30
Newtons Primary School in Rainham is having a make-over of it's garden. Teacher Lynette Allsop is leading the project.

A primary school is appealing for volunteers and businesses to help it create a new garden in the playground.

Yesterday, 15:30
George Woodward with tracker dog Cole in Bessbrook Mill in Northern Ireland in 1988

A breakfast club for veterans is holding its first ever gathering to give the chance for military members to get together and share their experiences.

Yesterday, 12:48
Miley, seven, and  India, 18-months, withTaylor Chalk, far right, who helped his mum's ex-partner Nicholas to safety after a house fire.

A 12-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after saving his stepdad from a fire which engulfed the family home.

Yesterday, 10:28
Romford Magistrates' Court

A father threatened to “kill” his ex-girlfriend after she ignored his calls and didn’t pay him back money owed.

Yesterday, 07:00
Rainham resident Colin Nickless is angered by the rise in energy bills

An investigation has been launched into energy costs at an affordable housing estate after residents received “extortionate” bills.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now