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Warning over ice rink 'inaction'

Dumfries Ice Bowl
The report outlines a 2.5m package of repairs and improvements

A condition report on an ice rink in south west Scotland has concluded that the greatest risk to its financial future would be council "inaction".

The Dumfries Ice Bowl was constructed in 1992 and houses both an ice rink and an indoor bowling area.

However, the state of the building is now rated as "poor" in the majority of 11 key categories.

Councillors will meet to consider a £2.5m package of repair and upgrade measures later this week.

A report to Dumfries and Galloway Council's resources committee put maintenance costs at about £1.6m with a further £900,000 required for improvements.

It added that failing to tackle the problems will only cause greater difficulties for the building in the longer term.

'Huge benefits'

"The biggest financial impact will not be through action, it will be through inaction," the report warned.

It added that investment would provide "huge benefits" to the public and also maintain the "asset value" of the property for the future.

Among the moves considered was the complete removal of the indoor bowling facility at the site.

The number of people using the facility has fallen dramatically since the building opened 17 years ago.

Any such move would be the subject of public consultation with a further report coming back to the council later this year.



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