17th Feb, 2020

Feedback published on future of fitness in Kenilworth

Laura Kearns 14th Feb, 2020

FEEDBACK has been published on the future of fitness in Kenilworth.

Warwick District Council held a five-week consultation into multi-million pound plans for Abbey Fields Swimming Pool, Castle Farm Recreation Centre and a new site for the Kenilworth Wardens cricket and football clubs.

It has now published a report of the consultation on its website.

More than 750 people filled out surveys into the plans, which would see between £7million to £9million of redevelopments at Abbey Fields.

The council hopes to replace the existing outdoor pool with a second indoor pool – something many residents previously opposed, setting up a ‘Save Kenilworth Lido’ group.

The Castle Farm plans would see the 30-year-old leisure centre knocked downand completely rebuilt at a cost of between £10million to £12million. The revamp would include six sports courts, an 80 station gym, and dance and yoga studios.

The wider Abbey Fields site would house the Kenilworth Wardens clubs.

Survey responses to the Abbey Fields plans gave feedback about sustainability, accessibility and ecology. There were also a number of respondents stating they wanted an outdoor pool, which the council says it will be unable to offer.

Those who replied to the Castle Farm survey had some concerns about traffic and access which the council claims it is still working on.

Culture spokeswoman Moira-Ann Grainger said: “We are making a huge investment in the leisure facilities in Kenilworth, so we were therefore keen to get feedback from all sectors of our community on our latest design proposals.

“Those who responded gave some very clear messages about the need for the new facilities to be sustainable, energy efficient and accessible to all and also highlighted the importance of mitigating the impacts on traffic and wildlife.”

Click here to see the consultation feedback.

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