Concerns raised over Truro ice rink as work begins
WORK has started on the open air ice rink that promises to transform Truro city centre this Christmas.
Truro Cathedral put forward plans for the rink on Cathedral Green - being built by Cousins Entertainment, set up by former Olympic ice-skating star, Robin Cousins MBE.
But planning permission has not yet been given for the project and concerns have been raised by a neighbour over noise, light and parking issues.
The scheme, Ice Skate Truro, is due to open on November 28 and tickets have been selling quickly through the Hall for Cornwall box office.
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Benjamin Harvey said on the Cornwall Council planning website: "There are a number of concerns regarding the proposed ice rink on the cathedral green; whilst these are my own comments they are shared by the other residents of Union Place, which backs directly onto the Cathedral grounds."
Mr Harvey said the main issues of concern were traffic, parking and noise.
He said: " It is absolutely accepted that by choosing to live near the city centre there will be certain noise issue during the working day. However the amount of noise caused by the hundreds of people using the rink along with the ancillary equipment such as generators, loud music, increased traffic etc are a real worry for residents, especially those with young children or those who work shifts."
Mr Harvey made it clear he wanted his comments to be noted rather than seen as an objection and said he fully supported all the extra activities and events put on for the families of Truro and the region.
Alan Abretti from Cousins Entertainment which is building the rink, said noise and light issues would be minimal and said the ice rink would bring great benefits to the public, to businesses in Truro and to the cathedral.
He said the rink would have a 100 person capacity and would close at 8.30pm from Sunday to Tuesday and at 9.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday.
Mr Abretti said: "The lighting will be subtle colours to enhance the ice rink - there will be no flashing lights. The sound system will play ambient festive music and will also be used to make safety announcements."
He said the generators would be the quietest available.
A spokesman for the cathedral said he did not want to comment on any planning issues at this point.
Cornwall Council said it was working closely with Truro City Council and English Heritage in respect of the proposal.
A spokesman said: "The application is currently being considered by the council's environmental protection team and the historic environment service in light of the sensitive context adjoining significant listed buildings and a number of nearby residential properties. In response to consultation comments already received, the application may still be determined under delegated powers, however, as the publicity and neighbour consultation periods have yet to expire, a formal decision is not anticipated until towards the end of the month."