EXCITING plans to bring an ice rink to Cheltenham will not become a reality in time for this year's festive season, but could still go ahead in future.
That's the message from people behind the scheme to install a winter wonderland in a section of Pittville Park, complete with a 20 metre by 10 metre synthetic ice rink for skaters to enjoy.
When the proposals were first tabled last year they got a frosty response in some quarters, with a group of residents voicing concerns over parking problems and excessive noise at night time.
The borough council gave the concept its backing, saying it was even prepared to stump up £10,000 from its Promoting Cheltenham Fund to make it happen, but the Echo understands plans have now been dropped for this year.
Susannah Moffat, manager of Central Cross Drive Cafe in Pittville Park, was one of the people behind the idea.
She said: "At the moment we have no plans to progress plans for the skating rink this Christmas.
"It's a bit of a shame but that's not to say that it won't happen in future.
"When we first discussed the idea most of the feedback from residents was very positive.
"However, there was a minority who raised concerns and these would have to be overcome if it is to go ahead."