Just two months since news of the closure of Ryde Arena was announced by Planet Ice, the skating venue has been saved. By the community.
Up to 40 jobs would have been lost had the venue closed on 25 March as previously planned by Planet Ice, but as reported over the last couple of months, a team of community-minded individuals came together to create the Ryde Arena Trust Ltd.
Through the determination and hard work of these individuals, the lease for the ice rink has now been secured by the community group.
Good news shared by Trust
The news was announced last night (Saturday). Robin Crossley from the steering group posted the following message to Facebook,
It has taken a lot of hours work by many and the few but we finally got the end result that we all wanted, the rink is ours and it’s here to stay – by the community, for the community.
“I would personally like to thank all who have supported us, whether with your time, financially or just with your voice on FB and at the rally… Without you guys, this wouldn’t have been possible and with that being said, without your continued help and support, it will not last long, so please if you can, dig deep and help us as the first few months will be the toughest financially, not to mention the cost of repairs and renovations to come.
“I am sure this is echoed throughout the other directors and trustees whom I am thankful to work along side.”
Praise from Parliamentary candidate
Vix Lowthion, IW Parliamentary Candidate for the Green Party, says:
“To lose the Ice Rink would have been a tragedy for the young people on the Isle of Wight.
“I heartily congratulate our local community leaders who have stepped forward and organised themselves to take over the rink on our behalf, and all of the Islanders who have fundraised to get the money together to ensure a proper business plan can be put in place.
“Our sporting and leisure facilities are vital for the health and well being of both visitors and Islanders.
“We cannot afford to lose them, and we shouldn’t have to rely on volunteers having to solve the crises when they are threatened.
“My young boys are excited that they can return to the rink and get on the ice in the near future.”
Image: © Joy Attrill and DNN Signs