A survey into a potential new ice rink at Hove's King Alfred Leisure Centre has been launched.

Anyone taking part in the survey into plans to build an ice rink adjacent to the leisure centre will be put into a draw with prizes totalling £1,000.

The campaign, being led by resident Simon James, has now received the backing of a ward councillor.

Conservative councillor for Central Hove Andrew Wealls described the project as exciting and much needed.

The online public survey competition will run for eight weeks ending on Monday October 15 and is only open to Sussex residents.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw where there will be 15 pairs of ice skates to be won with a total prize value of £1,000.

All participants will be entitled to a free ice skating session on a buy one get one free basis.

Mr James has previously said he would love to see the rink in place next year. It is estimated that it would cost up to £1 million to construct and would attract about 200,000 visitors a year.

Coun Wealls said: “I believe this is an exciting project, which will provide very much needed facilities for families and sporting skaters from across the city.

“We've been without an ice rink in Brighton and Hove for far too long and I wish the team every success with their proposal.”

Mr James said: “We are calling on the local community to participate with their independent views and opinions on the future of the King Alfred.

“This project is about bringing the community together and to take responsibility in a debate on the King Alfred, both short and long term.”

For more details visit www.kingalfredicerink.co.uk or www.facebook.com/kaicerink .