A proposed indoor snow centre for Teeside, which would become England’s most northerly, has been submitted by a company called Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd
The snow centre plans had first been mooted several years ago and the fact that they have now reached the stage of seeking planning permission from Middlesbrough Council is seen as a major step forward.
The centre has a £30m price tag and would be built on a seven acre site looking out over the Middlehaven Dock. It would include a main slope and nursery slope and featuring tubing, an ice climbing wall and ice bar.
There would also be a trampoline park, indoor sky diving, climbing walls and additional retail and dining facilities.
Cool Runnings was the name of a cult 1993 Disney film about the Jamaican bobsleigh team’s entry at the 188 Winter Olympics in Calgary, the same games that featured Eddie The Eagle.
The centre could be the UK’s seventh, although another centre in Swindon is also moving forward and a centre for central London announced after the 2012 Summer Olympics is still said to be moving forward.
The Teeside slope would be around 70 miles north of the existing Snozone facility in Castleford, Yorkshire.
There is currently a website for the centre at coolrunningsne.co.uk but this just seeks comments on the facility rather than providing any information on it.