Ice rink to close as new plans revealed

Dan and Vycki Nicholson at the Fylde Coast Ice Arena
Dan and Vycki Nicholson at the Fylde Coast Ice Arena

A Blackpool ice rink has closed - blaming the decision on major problems with its refrigeration plant.

Dan and Vycki Nicholson have announced the Fylde Coast Ice Arena on Bristol Avenue in Bispham has shut permanently.

Contractors are now dismantling the rink which opened three years ago on the site of the former TVR car factory.

Mr Nicholson said the equipment needed to make the ice was “beyond repair” and it was “not viable to continue operating from this location.”

He said there were no plans to open elsewhere, but he hoped people would continue to enjoy skating.

He added: “We put our heart and soul into providing a great community facility.

“It enabled a lot of people to experience the sport and I would encourage those who have caught the skating bug to continue their skating at other rinks such as the Pleasure Beach.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers, staff and coaching team for their support over the past three years.”

New proposals for the land have already been unveiled.

A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council by Ben Pratt to build a single storey industrial unit on the site of the former ice rink.

It would house a gas-powered electricity generator following the demolition of existing buildings.

The applicant says the development is in keeping with the area which is a designated industrial site.

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