Council submits options for future of city swim and ice provision

Hull City Council has today published a report, the first step in a process, to consider the future provision of swimming pool and ice skating facilities in Hull.

Councillors will discuss consider the report at Economic and Regeneration Scrutiny and Cabinet meetings on Thursday 23 March and Monday 27 March respectively, will look at the future investment strategy on the facilities, including possible investment in a new city centre ice arena. It recommends the council develops an investment strategy that will meet the needs of the city whilst providing opportunities to save money and increase income.

Following feasibility studies carried out in 2014 and 15, a number of options will be discussed with regard to swimming provision. The preferred recommendation is to retain all current facilities including Woodford, Ennerdale, Beverley Road and Albert Avenue, with a change of use of Albert Avenue’s second smaller pool hall into a multi-use area.

Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Daren Hale said:

“At a time when other councils struggle to maintain these facilities, it is great news that we will be looking to retain our neighbourhood facilities, and looking at the feasibility of a new Ice Arena.”

The report puts forward options for the current provision at Hull Arena, highlighting that further consideration be given to exploring a new ice rink in an alternative city centre location. The report acknowledges that the current arena is in poor physical condition due to its age and would require major investment for a full refurbishment. If closed for an extended period losses would be further compounded by loss of income.

Preferred new sites include Colonial St and Bond St as they are central, accessible and close to public transport links.

To ensure continuity in ice skating provision for the city, Hull Arena would remain open until the new site was complete, at which time the Kingston St centre would then be demolished.

If authorised, the report will enable a detailed investment strategy to be developed for full consideration by Cabinet in September 2017.