TVR skate plan fits leisure destination

Estelle Goldsmith with her staff Karl Lippiatt, Joe Lewis, Stewart Pugh and Sam Gradwell at Bispham Body Senze.
Estelle Goldsmith with her staff Karl Lippiatt, Joe Lewis, Stewart Pugh and Sam Gradwell at Bispham Body Senze.
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PLANS for an ice rink at Blackpool’s former TVR factory have been welcomed.

As revealed by The Gazette on Monday, proposals have been revealed for part of the former production line to be used as an ice skating centre.

Fylde Coast Figure Skating Club said the proposal would enable its 76 members to train on a full sized rink.

Sarah Walford, from the club, said: “It would mean our students could train to the highest standard they wish to and they can test up to the highest level which they are currently unable to do.”

The scheme, which will go before planners at a future date, would not affect two gyms which already operate out of the site on Bristol Avenue.

Bispham Body Senze and Bulldogz gym have both welcomed the potential redevelopment of the remainder of the factory which closed in 2006 with the loss of around 250 jobs.

They are both based in a different part of the site, not included in the planning application.

Click here to read how The Gazette broke the story: N-ice bid for former TVR factory

Estelle Goldsmith, owner of Bispham Body Senze, said: “We have been here two-and-a-half years and want to reassure our members the plans will not affect us.

“We would certainly welcome further development on the site as it would make this part of Blackpool a real leisure destination for residents.

“It would also fit in with what we are doing as a gym.”

Linda Sykes, owner of Bulldogz, which has been on the site for three years, said it would be good to see the rest of the factory put to use.

She added: “We definitely welcome these plans.

“Investment is good for the town rather than just leaving the building empty and nothing happening there. That doesn’t make sense at all.”

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