His­toric out­door pool to close

NEW FAM­ILY FRIENDLY POOL PLANNED AT ABBEY FIELDS SITE

Coventry Telegraph - - Front Page - By ELIS SANDFORD News Re­porter [email protected]­plc.com

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

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