Council gives £16,000 go-ahead to Burnham ice rink project
town councillors last night (Monday) confirmed that a £16,000
grant will be given to a community project to bring a temporary
ice rink to the town this Christmas.
a meeeting of the full Town Council, members gave their backing
to the project from community group BEST (Burnham Events Social
Team) to bring an artificial ice rink to Burnham's town centre
as an attraction over the festive period.
ice rink will be set-up in the Lynton Road Car Park, right,
and be open for three weeks from December 12th to January 2nd.
Martin Cox said: "I have seen how many people use the Cribbs
Causeway ice rink in Bristol and think it will be a success here
in Burnham too. I'm happy to support it and hope the self-funding
aspect of the project means it goes ahead in future years too."
Louise Parkin added: "The ice rink will be held over three
weeks - not just one day like many recent events. I think it provides
very good value and will directly benefit our traders and residents."
to concerns about the grant from a Burnham resident, Cllr Peter
Burridge-Clayton said the £16,000 would be taken from earmarked
reserves left over from last year's budget and would "not
mean the council would have to raise council tax bills to pay
Bill Hancock said: "I would have been happier with a 50/50
grant split given the big amount involved, but I'm pleased that
any money raised will go back into organising it for future years."
Phil Harvey added: "I think this is a risky venture for the
Town Council to get involved in. I'm concerned by the amount of
the grant we're being asked to provide - the full project cost."
David Hoggarth said: "I still have reservations - this is
a lot of money to justify - but I will give my help to the event."
voted to award the £16,000 grant to the organisers, with
Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton and Cllr John Parkes joining the organising
committee to provide independent scrutiny. A full report will
also be presented to the Town Council in February 2016 on how
the ice rink performed.
rink is made of artificial or synthetic ice which the manufacturers
Ice Magic say is like real ice except it doesnt melt and
in all aspects has the same properties of ice albeit with a lubricant
that is used to keep the surface slippery. Ordinary ice skates
can be used and the surface allows for all the potential stops,
turns, twirls and other gymnastics associated with the sport.