Rink supporters skating on thin ice

The two locations where ice skating rinks were planned for'Southsea. Taswell Road cul-de-sac and Hambrook Street.
The two locations where ice skating rinks were planned for'Southsea. Taswell Road cul-de-sac and Hambrook Street.
Graeme Clark of Wet Wet Wet

Popped in, Souled Out and going strong 30 years on

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You may wonder why Southsea never had an ice skating rink to add to the much-loved roller skating arena. I can tell you. Nimbys.

At a council meeting on March 4, 1939, land at Wimbledon Park was proposed for one.

I believe it is where Wimbledon Park Sports Centre is now, at the end of the Taswell Road cul-de-sac.

When residents got wind of the plans the Not In My Back Yard brigade were roused.A letter from RV Stokes and Metcalf Solicitors said they had been consulted by residents and had their clients known about the plan they would have objected to the rink. And that was the end of that.

A further plan was mooted in May, 1939, for an ice rink and sports stadium on the site of an old brewery in Hambrook Street, Southsea.

It would hold 4,000 and include a restaurant and snack bars plus a car park for 63 vehicles with an entrance from Cecil Place.

Unfortunately it was Adolf Hitler who scuppered the plans on that occasion.