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Demolition work to begin on Pool Bank car park in Nuneaton

Published on Wednesday, 19th October 2016

The demolition of council garages which have for some time been a cause of concern for residents is due to commence this week.

Recognising the need for improvements  in this area, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council made available £83,000 to extend Pool Bank Car Park increasing the number of spaces available and providing a safer, more pleasant environment for residents and visitors to the Abbey Theatre, Army Cadet Hall and Scout Hut.

Improvements have already been made - or are nearing completion – on:

  • The installation of two additional lighting columns and upgrade of the three existing lights on Mount Street passage; the upgrade of lighting along the footpath at the side of Meadow Court. The total cost for this work was £6,168 and has been met by Councillor Bob Hicks through Warwickshire County Council funding.
  • Replacing the town centre CCTV camera at Pool Bank Car Park to a high definition infra-red camera. This will provide clearer images in low lighting, thus assisting the police in identifying offenders and reducing crime in the area.  The cost of £4500 was funded by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Raising the canopy of the majority of the trees in Pool Bank Park to eight metres to allow better vision of the CCTV camera and make park users feel safer, funded by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

It is hoped that this combined effort by the borough council, county council and the police - which was been pulled together by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Community Safety Partnership (NABSCOP) - will help improve the area giving residents and visitors more confidence to use the park and community facilities available.

Cllr Julie Jackson, portfolio holder for Housing and Communities, said:

"We are committed to working closely with our partners, allowing the council to improve parks and community facilities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.”

County councillor Bob Hicks, Chair of NABSCOP, said:

“This is a good example of partnership working creating a better, more accessible environment for local residents and visitors to the area alike.

“I especially appreciate the co-ordinating role taken by Community Team at the borough council in bringing together different authorities with their different funding streams to make a great improvement to this area.”