Operators of Planet Ice fear that blueprints for long-awaited LeisureWorld revamp does not include ice rink centre

Exterior, Leisure World, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead.
Exterior, Leisure World, Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead.

Operators of Planet Ice at Hemel Hempstead’s LeisureWorld fear that blueprints for a long-awaited revamp give their skate centre the cold shoulder.

Fears have been voiced that the ice rink may have been written out of the blueprint for the new-look Jarman Park and say their future is uncertain.

An official statement released by Planet Ice said: “Planet Ice have an agreement to be at LeisureWorld until the redevelopment happens. At that point, obviously we need to vacate.

“Planet Ice would be happy to return to a new facility with a rink, but currently we are under the impression that the new scheme does not include one.”

LeisureWorld site operators Capital & Regional, who are behind the refurbishment plans, are refusing to comment at this stage.

In March last year a planning application for the £4 million renovation of the rundown party venue, previously infamous for booze-fuelled trouble caused by revellers spilling out of its now closed nightclubs, was given the go-ahead.

But it will be at least another year before construction for the long awaited overhaul is completed.

A string of restaurants are already poised to move in including ever-popular chicken chain Nando’s, American/Italian style restaurant Frankie and Benny’s, Mexican Chiquito, American restaurant and bar Coast to Coast and pub chain the Hungry Horse.

A deal is also expected to be done with a buffet operator.

A fresh planning application, submitted by Capital & Regional to reflect changes required to meet business needs, is expected to be considered at a Dacorum Borough Council development and control committee meeting tonight, Thursday.