Dovercourt: Skating plans put on hold

YOUNGSTERS will have to wait for the chance to try out a revamped roller-skating rink after bad weather put opening plans on hold.

The Dovercourt seafront site has undergone a �33,000 facelift to bring it back into community use and was due to re-open on Saturday with the chance of free sessions all week. The rink, which is owned by Tendering District Council, is now not expected to be available for use until the official opening on January 2.

A lease agreement has been signed for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes to manage the site on a not-for-profit basis.

Stephen Mayzes, who is responsible for leisure on the council, said: “I am confident that this will prove a popular facility for all ages to enjoy throughout the year. It will help to regenerate and rejuvenate this part of Dovercourt where the council has invested in new toilets, enhancements to the model boating lake, an improved play area, and will have a new concession on the boating lake by next season offering increased amenities.”

Frinton-based firm MiCraft carried out the work.

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The rink could host a range of activities, including wheelchair sports.

Tony Stark, of the Buffaloes, said: “It is great to see this facility being upgraded and put back into community use again and we are very pleased to be part of the project.”

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