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Groups and clubs using the Inverness Ice Centre turned out in their numbers last night to attend a question and answer session with the facility’s Board of Directors about the future of only ice centre in the Scottish Highlands.
The meeting was the beginningof a consultation process with members following an approach to High Life Highland by Ice Centre Directors asking the Council’s Arm-length charity to consider ways in which it could be involved in the management and development of the Bught Park facility.
Ice Centre Chairman Tom Pendreigh commented, “The Board members were extremely pleased and reassured to see so many club representatives turn up to the meeting last night, particularly considering the weather conditions. The numbers involved obviously demonstrates the importance of the consultation process and ongoing communications to the membership from hereon.
“We approached HLH to ascertain if the charity would be interested in working in partnership with the Ice Centre Board to look at ways of securing the future of the Inverness Ice Centre. We were obviously pleased to get an positive response from HLH’s Board and have been working with members of HLH staff over the last year to look at ways in which a management contract model may work.
Mr Pendreigh went on to explain, “Having consulted with the staff at the Ice Centre, the board felt we were at a stage whereby we were able to share some of that information with the club members and users, while at the same time taking a view as to how they felt about a new way of working to further develop the ice centre not only in Inverness but across the wider Highlands.
“There were some excellent questions asked of both the board and the representatives of High Life Highland in attendance and we ended the meeting taking away a number of very valid and positive points which the Ice Centre board will bear in mind as we move further through the consultation process.At the meeting we outlined that work will continue with HLH over the forthcoming months and have invited any members present at the meeting who may wish to be involved with the next stages to come forward.
“As I outlined at last night’s meeting, we are at the start of a consultative process and we have no intention of rushing through a conclusion – ultimately the process will take as long as it takes.
The Chairman concluded, “I thought the meeting went very well and I am aware Ice Centre board members received further positive feedback from members after the Q&A sessions. I look forward to liaising with the clubs, members, staff and representatives from HLH as we work through the consultation processes looking to protect the only remaining Ice Centre in the Highlands for future generations.”

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Inverness Ice Centre secured life saving equipment

One of the largest wet weather facilities in the North has secured its own defibrillator, which members say may just save someone’s life.

The Inverness Ice Centre on Bught Drive raised more than £1,600 to ensure the well used sports and events facility has the life saving equipment available to all users of the centre.

The idea to install a defibrillator was initiated by Maureen Fraser, a member of the Inverness Curling Club for more than 40-years.

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