Owner claims he is frozen out as rink taken over

Kenny Hanson (right) and Greg Appleby outside Sub Zero ice arena, Cleveleys.
Kenny Hanson (right) and Greg Appleby outside Sub Zero ice arena, Cleveleys.

A Fylde ice rink has new owners who have pledged to invest £200,000 into the arena.

Garland Leisure, which already operates 1st Bowl ten pin bowling in Market Street, Blackpool, has taken over Sub Zero in Cleveleys.

But the move has angered the previous owners who say they are taking legal advice and claim they were forced out.

Kenny Hanson, who opened the attraction in 2011 with fellow director Greig Appleby, said: “Since January we have been negotiating a new lease and we had been led to believe everything was going well.

“We are seeking legal advice. But whatever happens we will try and re-open elsewhere.”

Mr Hanson said he had ploughed around £250,000 into the business based on Jubilee Park, North Promenade.

But the venture has faced problems and Mr Hanson’s initial company Sub Zero Leisure Ltd was liquidated at the start of this year and replaced by a new business Sub Zero Cleveleys Ltd.

Garland Leisure said they were optimistic about the future of the ice rink.

Mehdi Afshar, chief executive officer of Garland Group, said: “This is good news for Cleveleys.

“We will increase the number of sessions and entertainment, and plan to upgrade the building internally.”

He added Mr Hanson had not been forced out, and said: “We have bought this business fairly and legally.”

No-one from the Property Alliance, which owns Jubilee Park, was available for comment.

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