Closure leaves a sour taste for Bristol
THERE may well be a growing demand for student flats in Bristol. Though Unite, the firm which builds them, would say that wouldn't they? Unite may well be ploughing £20 million into converting the former ice rink into 550 more flats.
And it may well prove to be the biggest development project in Bristol during the coming two years. But it is just a block of student flats.
Unite are a successful company and there is nothing wrong with that.
They are growing at a time when many other businesses are struggling.
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But they are also the firm that has sounded the death knell for our ice rink.
And as a thriving company should there not be a moral responsibility on them to put something back into their home city?
As it is they are taking away.
For when they close the doors on the ice rink for the final time it will mark the end of an era.
It will leave Bristol without an ice rink and the chances of anyone building a new one in the foreseeable future are remote.
This would be hard enough to take from a company based hundreds of miles away.
But for a Bristol firm to do it leaves a very sour taste.