October 25th, 2016

Leisure centre plans are unveiled for public views

Updated: 1:13 pm, Feb 01, 2016

DETAILS of the £12million revamp of leisure centres in Leamington and Warwick have been revealed.

Warwick District Council has set out proposals to improve Newbold Comyn and St Nicholas Park leisure centres and from January 29 to February 7 residents will be able to have their say on the plans.

Newbold Comyn in Leamington will see the biggest changes with a new sports hall extension, and a ‘clip and climb’ wall climbing feature – similar to the one at the newly revamped Stratford Leisure Centre – installed in the reception area. The latter is hoped to attract children’s parties.

Gym facilities and fitness studios will become a bigger feature at St Nicholas Park. The current gym will be turned into a spinning studio and an extension will create space for two new studios and an 80 station gym.

The plans mean the aging splash pool in Warwick will be lost, but the council is keen to encourage parents to take youngsters to the more modern children’s pool at Newbold Comyn.

It is hoped the revamps – which will be carried out at the same time – will begin in the summer and be completed by spring 2017.

There will be disruption to services at the centre during the work, but council chiefs hope it can be kept to a minimum, and are determined neither centre will have to close completely during the project.

The £12million will be split between the two centres, with £5million spent at Newbold Comyn, and £3million at St Nicholas Park. The remaining £4million will be spent behind the scenes at both facilities on services like new boilers and improved filtration for the pools.

Public consultation will take place at Newbold Comyn from January 29 to 31, and at St Nicholas Park from February 5 to 7.

Email leisure@warwickdc.gov.uk for further details.