WEST Midlands mayor Andy Street has praised improvement projects and preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in Leamington.
Mr Street was invited on a walking tour of the town and the venues which will play host to the Games in July.
Stops were also made to inspect regeneration projects and to review opportunities across the Creative Quarter, as well as dropping in to check out the action at 1 Mill Street – a new co-working hub.
At the town hall, Mr Street was briefed on the emerging South Warwickshire Local Plan and draft Economic Strategy, before visiting Victoria Park to get a first-hand view of the bowling greens.
They have undergone a two-year improvement programme to ensure they are in pristine condition in time to be handed over for July’s Games.
Mr Street said: “With less than six months to go, it’s been great to see Leamington embracing the opportunity of welcoming thousands of visitors from around the world to the largest sporting and cultural event ever to be held in this region.
“I’m also impressed by the many innovative and creative regeneration projects happening here and the work that the council is doing to lead their town and district on this exciting new journey.”
Warwick District Council (WDC) leader Andrew Day added: “The sun shone on Leamington for Andy’s visit, which has given us all a welcome boost with our ambitious plans.
“The West Midlands Combined Authority is a key partner and I’m grateful for the interest shown and the encouragement we have received from this visit. Our team of officers did a first-class job presenting the many challenges and opportunities that we’re addressing.
“These are exciting times for our town and district, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the wide range of projects happening here and the sense of optimism for our whole region, as we prepare to host venues for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.”