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Leisure capital plans move to next stage

Published on Wednesday, 14th October 2020

Exciting plans to transform Nuneaton and Bedworth’s indoor and outdoor leisure facilities have moved to the next stage, this week.

Bedworth will get top priority for a brand new, state of the art leisure centre, along with improvements to the Miners’ Welfare Park in which it is located. 

Pingles Leisure Centre in Nuneaton will also be replaced with a brand new centre next to its current site, with enhanced connections to Riversley Park in which it is based, while a third leisure centre is also planned with a newly-constructed secondary school at Top Farm, Weddington.

The proposals are brought together in comprehensive leisure facility needs assessments along with options appraisal reports, critical to obtaining financial support from national body Sports England.

The key documents critical to the flagship developments were approved by the borough’s ruling Cabinet last night (Wednesday 14 October).

The approach will reflect best practice nationally, with the creation of ‘active environments’, in which leisure centres are treated as physical activity hubs linked to their surrounding parks and open space, in order to maximise opportunities to improve participation in healthy indoor and outdoor physical activity.

Leisure Facility Needs Assessments bring up to date the evidence that the developments will improve facilities, while Sport England require the Leisure Facility Options report to release capital funding in support of the developments.

The three new state of the art leisure facilities will help change the face of leisure provision in Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, offering top quality facilities reflecting the latest in eco-friendly architecture.

Existing provision at the two centres will see new swimming pool and indoor sports hall provision at a time when these and other centres Etone and Jubilee are full to capacity.

Not only that, but they will also see strengthened links to existing community facilities including a brand new secondary school and the borough’s top town centre parks.

The vision sets out the ambition to maximise external investment in the three developments.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, Cllr Ian Lloyd, explained:

“We have worked tremendously hard to bring together the latest best practice advice and thinking on these kind of developments, as well as the feedback on outline plans shared up to now.

“Everyone in Nuneaton and Bedworth should be able to get behind the exciting plans that are now coming closer to reality.

“These documents bring everything up to date, to give us the very best opportunity to create exciting new facilities that truly make the best of the extraordinary assets that we have in Riversley and Miners Welfare Parks, and the two existing leisure centre sites.

“It is very satisfying to see us bring together the technical expertise of the various bodies involved, including Sport England, our cross party working group and local residents.

“This is evidence of our commitment to leaving no stone unturned to bring the best facilities we can to our borough, and should help us press on with the next stage of the meticulous planning required to make these multi-million pound developments a reality.”