New ice rink considered for Cleethorpes

Tentative plans to provide a new ice rink for an east coast resort have been confirmed by council officials.

North East Lincolnshire Council said the scheme in Cleethorpes would need the backing of a commercial operator.

Councillor Mick Burnett, who is responsible for tourism and leisure, said it would be a "wonderful project".

News of the scheme came as documents were leaked to local media with council officials saying the plan was "commercially confidential".

Source of money

In a statement following the leak, Mr Burnett said he was "disappointed the report had been leaked as it contained commercially confidential information".

But the councillor added: "Not withstanding that, this could be a wonderful project and if we can go ahead, it shows that despite reduced budgets, this Labour administration will continue to invest in innovative leisure projects and facilities to benefit the whole of the area.

"However, we need to be very clear that this is commercially viable, which is why cabinet agreed to press forward to the next stage of a detailed business plan for the project."

A spokesman for the Conservative group on the council said the plan needed to be "looked at very carefully".

He said: "We would welcome this development and it would sit well within the resort.

"But, we have to look carefully to see where the money is coming from.

"The council cannot subsidise this plan. If it's a private developer we'd be extremely pleased, but we do need to be cautious."

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