BASINGSTOKE'S ice rink is likely to remain in its current position, senior officials have said.

The council has "reverted" to looking at refurbishing the existing, dilapidated building on the Leisure Park rather than constructing a new rink, according to Kate Dean, project director of Basing View and Commercial at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

As previously reported, three sites were put forward to the council in February to be explored as possible sites for a new rink.

Whilst the identity of those alternatives were not revealed, Cllr John Izett, cabinet member for regeneration and property, said there was "an active dialogue" regarding the trio of sites so that ice remained in the borough.

However, speaking to the Community, Environment and Partnerships committee on Wednesday evening, Ms Dean told members that all three were "discounted on the grounds of cost and viability" after a "comprehensive review".

"All were exceptionally difficult to deliver," she continued.

"We therefore reverted to looking at refurbishing the existing facility.

"New River [developers of the Leisure Park] have confirmed that they will be happy for the ice rink to stay, and refurbishing the existing facility is understood to be the most cost-effective option by a considerable margin."

It comes as councillors were upset at a lack of progress over contingency plans on the ice rink.

With refurbishments and other works to fix an issue with the pad looming, there are concerns that ice users could be without a home for up to six months.

And Cllr Andy McCormick told the committee that he had "no confidence" that the ice rink will still be fit for use in two years time.

Officers had been exploring the possibility of setting up a temporary venue for the facility whilst the works take place by consulting with other councils who had done something similar.

They found that Milton Keynes had been in a similar position, but say they need to assess whether a temporary rink will be necessary before they make any decisions.