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Burton people urged to help shape the future of town after ice rink sale confirmed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

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"WE want everyone to be involved in getting Burton booming" were the words of a council leader as he vowed to listen to the entire community about how to spend cash received from the sale of its plastic skating rink.

Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, vowed to work with all political parties and people across the town to work out how to spend £20,000 that now fills the authority coffers thanks to the sale of the controversial tourist attraction.

Councillor Mott said no decision had yet been made on how the cash will be allocated, but he wanted to now include 'everyone possible' to help draw up plans to help Burton attract new visitors.

He said: "I can confirm that we have now received the £20,000 payment for the ice rink.

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"We have not yet decided how to spend the money but we are more than open to suggestions on how to use the cash.

"The council wants to work with everyone in the borough and people across all political parties to come up with ideas that will help to boost the town.

"We want a town that is vibrant, brings in new visitors and makes people want to come back.

"We will not rule out anything and would urge anyone with ideas to get in touch and tell us what they think.

"It is in all of our interests to make this town a success and we want everyone to be involved in getting Burton booming."

Last month the Mail revealed that the plastic ice skating rink which cost Burton taxpayers £41,000 has been sold for £20,000.

The news came only a matter of weeks after it was put up for sale by the newly sworn in Labour leadership at the authority.

A Freedom of Information orchestrated by the Mail previously revealed it had run at a loss for the second year running.

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  • Gothamite  |  August 07 2014, 10:14PM

    The cash will be used fairly and properly. So I guess that means about five potholes in the area will be repaired to a standard that will last more than a week...

  • Porterboy  |  August 04 2014, 9:34PM

    One small point, where do we send our ideas to? e mail address? phone number? tear out slip in the Burton Mail?

  • mattlong  |  August 04 2014, 8:28PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I certainly agree with the points about pedestrianisation.

  • meadowbrown_1  |  August 04 2014, 4:12PM

    Possible answer to Burton Town Centre problems. Scrap the rising bollards, pedestrianise High St and Station St from where the bollards are now, and I mean pedestrianise as in Derby and Swadlincote (highly successful) .Bring back the open market to its original place in the Market Square this would help to make the newly revamped Market Hall buzz with customers. Don't argue just do it and bring back the customers to the Town Centre.

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