Shock at ice rink insolvency move

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Community leaders have today told of their shock at plans by the owners of an ice rink to enter into insolvency proceedings.

Directors of Ice Arena Associates Limited, which trades as Fylde Coast Ice Arena in Bristol Avenue, Bispham, met with creditors at a Blackpool insolvency firm to discuss the business yesterday.

Coun Graham Cain

Coun Graham Cain

According to the Government’s website, a meeting of creditors is part of the creditors’ voluntary winding-up corporate insolvency process.

Yesterday’s meeting was expected to include a liquidator for the company owners.

The business was opened a year ago by Ice Arena Associates Limited director and ice arena owner Dan Nicholson creating 30 jobs, but now faces an uncertain future.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet secretary at Blackpool Council, pictured, said: “We’re sorry to hear the Fylde Coast Ice Arena could be closing.

“While there are other facilities in the area it is never nice to see a business fail.”

Commenting on The Gazette’s website, readers expressed their shock at the move.

Purple Pen said: “I feel sorry for the innocent people involved, such as the 30 workers who could lose their jobs.”

Swanhill41 added: “Did they do a business plan?

“Was bemused that it was allowed to happen! Not a major pastime and is costly to run.”

On thin ice? A turbulent 12 months for the Fylde coast’s ice rinks

Planning permission for Fylde Coast Ice Arena – on the site of the former TVR factory – was granted in September last year.

But Blackpool Council planners were blasted for approving plans for the rink less than three miles away from Jubilee Ice Arena in Cleveleys, which closed soon after.

Mehdi Afshar, then Jubilee Ice Arena director, said councillors should take “full responsibility” for 16 job losses.

However, Coun David Owen, planning committee chairman, argued councillors could not resist applications on the basis of commercial competition.

Jubilee Ice Arena has since reopened as Cleveleys Ice Arena thanks to the efforts of volunteers. The resort’s other ice rink is at the Pleasure Beach.