Campaigners keeping up fight for lido in Kenilworth - The Leamington Observer

Campaigners keeping up fight for lido in Kenilworth

Ian Hughes 20th Mar, 2019   0

CAMPAIGNERS have not given up the fight to see a full size lido in Kenilworth.

The Restore Kenilworth Lido (RKL) campaign group want to see the existing outdoor fun shaped pool in Abbey Fields replaced with a heated lido which could be used all year round.

But Warwick District Council approved design work on proposals in January to build a new indoor pool as part of a major overhaul of both the swimming pool and Castle Farm Recreation Centre in the town – at a cost of up to £24million.

The council say an indoor pool would meet the ‘substantial demand’ locally for more swimming lessons and during the summer could be ‘opened up’ onto an adjoining new terrace

An RKL spokesman said: “A legal opinion on the process followed by Warwick District Council to reach a decision to permanently close the outdoor swimming pool in Abbey Fields later this year is currently being sought which will determine the next steps to be taken by the campaign group.”

The group say although both Everyone Active, which manages the Abbey Fields pool, and Warwick District Council, say the existing outdoor pool will open in May, they remain to be convinced.

The spokesman added: “Restore Kenilworth Lido has some doubts that this will happen as the pool is looking very dilapidated, having remained uncovered for much of the winter and little evidence of any recommissioning work taking place ahead of the season.”

The group’s crowd justice funding appeal has also topped £2,500, while a Keep Kenilworth Outdoor Pool postcard campaign has seen 40 cards being delivered to district councillors weekly.

* The group will next meet on Monday (March 25) at the Abbey Club in Abbey Hill at 7.30pm.

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