Bristol Ice Rink users march against Unite plans

Bristol Ice Rink users gather to march against plans to turn the facility into student accommodation
Image caption Some 100 people marched from the ice rink to Cabot Circus

Bristol Ice Rink users have taken part in a march against plans to turn the facility into student accommodation.

About 100 people gathered, including members of the Pitbulls ice hockey team and Synchronised Skating Club, before marching through the city centre.

The Unite group, which owns the site in Trenchard Street, said it was planning new student accommodation because of high demand in the city.

The ice rink opened in 1966 and its current lease expires next year.

'Big loss'

It is expected to close when that lease runs out and the flats could be ready by September 2014.

Leaflets about the closure were handed to the public as marchers walked a route past Colston Hall, Hippodrome and onto Cabot Circus.

Debbie Grimwood, from Bristol Synchronised Skating Club, said the city needed a rink.

"We are hoping that the council will take note of what we are doing and see that losing this rink is a big loss to the community and that we do need something in Bristol," she added.

Unite said the o2 music venue, which is on the same site, would not be impacted by the plans.

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