Rising insurance costs due to a successful injury claim could cause a seventy-year-old roller-skating rink to close, volunteers claim.
London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/10/2013 -- One of the last remaining outdoor- roller-skating rinks in Britain could be forced to close owing to an injury claim made by a recent user. The claim has reportedly caused insurance claims at the rink to quadruple, a significant drain on the funds of the volunteer run wink, which could mean the facility has to close for good.
The rink at the seaside town of Dovercourt in Essex was built in the 1940s, but after a long period of decline it eventually fell into disrepair in 2005. However, five years later it was given a £30,000 revamp courtesy of the local council and a charitable donation from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, enabling it to re-open as a volunteer-run project.
However, an out-of-court settlement for an ankle injury suffered at the roller-rink in 2011 could see the venue close by Christmas. The injury claim was made after a skater was injured on a ramp at the rink in 2011. Since then the volunteers in charge of the Dovercourt rink have erected additional warning signs, introduced disclaimer forms and also installed CCTV to limit potential injuries and subsequent claims.
Sadly though the successful injury claim has meant that volunteers are having to pay £3,400 a month in order to keep the facility open and funding is proving a struggle. According to those who volunteer at the rink up to 1,000 people skate there per week in the holidays and they have given more than £10,000 to local charities.
Council Officers and the local MP have lent their support to the plight of the rink with Harwich & North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin saying he will explore ‘many different avenues’ to try and keep the rink open, whilst the leader of the local District Council Peter Halliday said that they are working with those who run the rink and had made suggestions to enable reduced insurance costs.
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