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Plans submitted for temporary ice rink in Brixton

Tesco have submitted plans to Lambeth which could see a new temporary ice rink coming to Brixton – if the plans get the green light from the council’s planning committee. Plans have also been drawn up by the council to tackle the issue of parking pressures in Brixton as part of this wider project.

A condemned council owned car park in Pope’s Rd is the proposed site for the rink. It would give the boroughs ice-skaters, dancers and ice-hockey players an easily accessible venue to use while a new permanent state-of-the-art rink is built in Streatham as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project. The provision of a temporary rink means that there would be no break in skating activities while the new permanent rink is built in Streatham.

Councillor Sally Prentice, cabinet member for regeneration, employment and enterprise welcomed this news saying: “Residents told us how important it was to make sure that there was somewhere for them to skate while the new rink was being built. We drove a hard bargain with Tesco to make sure this happens, so I am
delighted that we are now at the stage where a venue has been identified and plans submitted to develop the site.

“We are also planning to address the issue about the shortage of parking in the area head-on with a range of solutions including plans to provide approximately 35 extra car parking spaces at Buckner Rd- behind the town hall, new maps showing visitors where they can park, and improved sign posting to existing parking spaces. This is all in addition to the 36 new short term parking spaces provided in the town centre
earlier this year.

“Brixton is one of the best served public transport hubs in London with a tube and overground train connection and an average of 200 buses travelling through the town centre every hour. Providing the temporary rink here is the best option for people from across the borough – and neighbouring areas. While we appreciate the need for more parking, we remain committed to, and encourage people, to use more
sustainable forms of transport, including public transport”.

The former car park which lies in the heart of Brixton next to the Rec has been closed for almost a year and was already earmarked for demolition as a dangerous structure. Demolition works are expected to start this month. There are no plans to reprovide a multi-storey car park at Pope’s Road – the cost would be prohibitively expensive – and the temporary ice rink would provide an active use for up to three
years while longer-term plans are explored.

The temporary rink planning application (reference number 10/03425/FUL) can be viewed in full by visiting www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning and a statutory planning consultation is underway.

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