May 23 2013 Latest news:
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Search goes on for temporary facility
Romford Ice Rink is to become a supermarket, Havering Council confirmed this week.
Council leader Michael White revealed contracts had been exchanged with William Morrisons to build a new food store at Rom Valley Way.
And in a groundbreaking land-swap deal a new leisure centre, including a rink with seating for over 800 spectators, is to be situated on land currently owned by Morrisons at Western Road.
But no temporary facility has been identified yet to house Romford Raiders and their junior teams while construction work takes place on the new centre, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
A council spokesperson said: “The Council is working with the teams and users of the current rink and exploring all possible options to continue a service. As of yet no decision has been made.”
As for the new multi-million pound leisure centre, cllr White said: “This is a landmark deal for Romford that will lead to the creation of a fantastic new leisure centre for the town.
“The land-swap deal that we have negotiated with Morrisons means that this centre will be affordable – with minimal draw on Council funds.
“It marks the culmination of years of work to get the right deal, it’s a great result for local people and a great deal for taxpayers.
“The centre will offer something for everyone, whether you want to skate, swim or go for a cup of tea.”
n Romford Raiders have secured the returns of three key players for the 2012/13 campaign.
Following their English National League and South East Trophy double success, player-coach Danny Marshall has agreed terms with Lithuanian import Andrius Kaminskas and forwards AJ Smith and Matt Turner.
And team owner Ollie Oliver was more than happy, saying: “They’re three great signings to start the team off for next season.
“I’m delighted Danny is carrying on as player-coach after a fantastic double, which followed on from a highly commendable first season in charge.
“Bomber (Kaminskas) is a real fans favourite, who is effective at both ends of the ice and great to have on the squad.
“AJ and Matty have both been approached and sounded out by other clubs, but they’re both standing by their guns and returning to Rom Valley Way.
“We couldn’t be happier.”
Smith was Marshall’s choice for player of the year last season after scoring 37 goals and 51 assists, while Turner — who also tallied 88 points (36+52) — earned the vote of his teammates and was also named forward of the year.
The pair combined to great effect, alongside captain Anthony Leone, and Oliver added: “The team has really gelled nicely under Marsh, who has promised to give me some more names next week!”