An ice rink never materialised in the Dane John

Tender is out for Canterbury ice rink

The tender is out for an ice rink in Canterbury at Christmas.

Last year a company erected a temporary building in the Dane John Gardens, but the project failed to actually produce an ice rink, disappointing many families.

Spiralling costs and a lack of time meant the firm behind the rink never managed to complete it, leaving just an empty marquee standing in the park.

Canterbury City Council has now put its tender out for offers for a rink later in the year.

Its tender states: “The council wishes to select and appoint a suitable Delivery Partner for the Management and Delivery of The Canterbury Ice Rink 2018 and invites prospective suppliers to submit a proposal to meet the council’s requirements.”

The council says that public interest around an ice rink means that the idea is worth pursuing despite the failure of the rink to materialise last year.

In November the authority announced that a Canterbury-based firm called Noah and the Shed was to install a marquee containing a rink in the Dane John Gardens to open on December 2.

But the project stalled and was ditched a few days before Christmas.

A report to councillors outlined why. “Noah and the Shed  is a small company and the task of running the [Christmas] market and the rink proved too great with such a short lead in time,” it said.

“The estimated cost for the venture was £80,000 and the plan was to break even in the first year, but the costs continued to rise towards £120,000,” the report added.

“Specifically, the electricity provider at the last minute increased the price of the energy supply meaning that the event would not be commercially sustainable.”

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