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29th Jun, 2022

Mini golf and ice rink could be among new attractions for Stratford

MINI golf and an ice rink could be included among new attractions in Stratford’s Bancroft Gardens, Recreation Ground and Waterside areas.

Stratford District Council is planning to explore proposals for new and seasonal attractions at its Cabinet meeting on Monday (July 5).

While the discussion coincides with the need to review and renew licence concessions and leases, the council aims to further draw in tourists and increase revenue for the town.

So far, plans involve a potential golf course sited on the Recreation Ground, which would be open all year round subject to ground conditions. The council would seek bids from companies providing they reflected the environment and heritage of the location. Plans also include a refreshment kiosk and activities such as giant chess sets.

Also up for discussion, is a seasonal ice rink, which would be installed from November to the end of January on Waterside, with a ‘slight’ possibility it could materialise this winter. Both attractions would have a licence to sell alcohol.

Reference has also been made to a possible cinema as well as increased vendors and an ‘activity’ for children under 14.

District councillor lan Shenton said: “I am broadly supportive of this as we need to refresh our offering and make our assets work harder for us. The indicative income may or may not be achieved and the investment in the golf area may be an issue but we will never know unless we try.

“I really like the ice rink and cinema ideas as well because I know operators would be interested in tendering for the ice rink. Undoubtedly this will not find favour with everyone but we must make the best use of what we have and offer what people – residents and tourists – want as long as it’s done with some style.”

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