£50,000 has been set aside for ice rink, but other events will be axed because of council cuts

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Royal Tunbridge Wells will see an ice rink once again this Christmas after the local council agreed its budget.

This year’s rink will be a third larger than last year, after skaters complained last year that the space on the ice was not large enough for all the visitors.

£50,000 has been set aside by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the rink, which will be offset against savings made by alterations to how the community grants budget is administered.

However other events will be cancelled as part of the council cutbacks, although no event has been officially axed as yet.

Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, leisure and economic development Cllr Jane March said: “It was quite clear last year that residents were hugely supportive of the ice rink.

“I am very pleased that we are moving forward with the project for this year and that we remain mindful of the expenditure involved.

“The ice rink is not a substitute for other events and decisions about future community events have not yet been made. I can assure people that any decisions pertaining to events and the events budget for 2013/14 will not be taken lightly. A reduced events budget will have to happen but is not earmarked for any one particular event.”

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