PLANS to revamp the swimming pool at Kenilworth’s Abbey Fields have been given the green-light.
Warwick District Council has agreed proposals to replace the outdoor pool with a new indoor family and training pool. Campaign group Restore Kenilworth Lido had wanted to see the creation of a 25 metre outdoor pool or lido.
District culture spokesman, and Kenilworth resident, Michael Coker, said: “We can further develop the creation of a light, airy and flexible pool space with spectacular views over the lake and park.
“Using the very latest designs the new pool will have the versatility to be opened up in warm weather with access onto a sun terrace with a café, so a swim can be combined with relaxation in the open air. The new family friendly pool will also incorporate a number of water features aimed at younger children which could be used in summer or winter.
“I know many people including myself feel nostalgic about this and agree that an outdoor swimming pool would be attractive, however, in reality this would have been at the expense of providing the additional pool space, which is needed by local children, schools, clubs and those who need facilities to be designed to make them more accessible and is open all year round.”
The plans also include upgrading changing rooms, reception and cafe areas, and refurbishment of the neighbouring tennis courts and pavillion.
There are also plans to revamp the town’s Castle Farm Recreation Centre with a six court sports hall, 80 station gym and two fitness studios.
Depending on final designs the cost for both projects could be up to £24million.
Mr Coker added: “The innovative new pool design, along with our plans for a new leisure centre at Castle Farm with sports hall, studios and 80 station gym will be in line with our aim to provide the town of Kenilworth with some of the best leisure facilities in the country.”