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Streatham Ice rink to be moved to Brixton

Streatham Ice rink
Image caption Plans for the redevelopment include an Olympic-sized rink

The Streatham Ice Arena in south London is to be temporarily relocated to make way for a new multi-million pound leisure and shopping scheme.

The venue will move three miles to Pope's Road car park in Brixton, so construction can start on Tesco's leisure and 250-home development.

Lambeth Council said final details for the scheme had not been finalised.

About 2,000 people signed a petition to stop the temporary rink being built on Streatham Common.

Lib Dem councillor Judith Best said: "It is going to be such an inconvenience for the ice hockey team, the ice skating dancers and also the local children, young children of about 10 come in the evening.

"There is just nothing else around in Streatham. If this goes, Streatham will be dead."

The plans for the Streatham Hub complex include a Olympic-sized rink, a 25m, six-lane swimming pool and other state-of-the art sport facilities.

Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Lambeth's cabinet member for leisure, said a development agreement would mean Tesco could not open its store until the full leisure facilities were built and operational in Streatham.

She said finding a perfect site for the rink had not been possible, but the option that allowed the hub to be built as quickly as possible was the most preferable.

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