Historic outdoor pool to close
NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY POOL PLANNED AT ABBEY FIELDS SITE
A HISTORIC outdoor pool in Warwickshire is set to close in the face of strong opposition.
Plans to close Kenilworth’s outdoor pool, which has stood at Abbey Fields for 123 years were given the green light last night (January 9), as part of larger plans to extend the town’s leisure facilities.
The decision came at a Warwick District Council executive meeting and will see the construction of a completely new leisure centre on the site of the current Castle Farm Recreation Centre.
This new leisure centre is set to be home to a six court sports hall, an 80 station gym and two fitness studios.
At Abbey Fields meanwhile, there are plans for a brand new family pool.
This will have the potential to be opened up in the summer, giving direct access to an outside terrace.
Across the rest of the year meanwhile, the pool will be fully enclosed.
Warwick District Council have said that the new pool will “help to meet the substantial demand locally for more swimming lessons”.
In the summer, swimmers will be able to directly access the terrace area and cafe.
As a family friendly pool, there will be a number of water features specifically aimed at younger children. The plans also see the refurbishment and remodelling of the public parts of the building.
This also includes the tennis courts and the pavilion beside the play area. Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Michael Coker said: “The selected proposals for Castle Farm and Abbey Fields are extremely exciting. “Following this decision, our design team will now get on with working up these plans and coming back to a future meeting of the Executive with more details of how we will provide the town of Kenilworth with some of the best facilities in the country and at the same time respect the views of local people in this very special location.”
The selected proposals for Castle Farm and Abbey Fields are extremely exciting Cllr Michael Coker