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Parking machines stop taking old £1 coins in North East Lincolnshire

The old £1 coins will no longer be accepted by council-owned pay and display machines Credit: ITV News
15 Oct
The date the old £1 coin ceases to officially be legal tender at midnight

Council-owned pay and display machines across the borough will no longer accept the old £1 coin from today.

The round £1 coin, which has been in circulation for over 34 years, is currently being withdrawn from circulation and ceases to officially be legal tender at midnight on 15 October.

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Grimsby Ice Rink's future secured

Grimsby Ice Rink Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The future of Grimsby Ice Rink has been secured after councillors approved a community group's proposal to run it.

North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet agreed for the facility to be transferred to the Grimsby Ice Rink Community Group after they prepared a business plan showing how they intended to fund and manage it.

The council spent £200,000 on a temproary "ice pad" at Grimsby Leisure Centre in 2014 after the machinery that ran the old ice rink failed – but said it could not secure the facility's long-term future.

Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance, community assets, governance and tourism, said: “This is exactly what we want to see more of – members of the community stepping up and taking on facilities that are no longer sustainable for the council to run.

“We aim to complete the transfer by the end of August and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.”

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Councillors vote to close Grimsby ice rink

The ice rink is in Grimsby Leisure Centre Credit: ITV News

Councillors in North East Lincolnshire have unanimously voted to close Grimsby ice rink.

The facility, which is used by hundreds of people every week, was earmarked for closure in a council report - after officials admitted they cannot afford to keep paying the running costs.

Earlier today, a demonstration took place outside Grimsby Town Hall as councillors debated the future of the ice rink.

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