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Leisure plans make good progress

Published on Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Work is continuing on Borough's leisure plan

Plans for Bedworth’s brand new leisure development are well under way.

Work is continuing on the multi-million pound development of leisure centres in the borough’s two Destination Parks, Miner’s Welfare Park in Bedworth and Riversley Park in Nuneaton.

The Bedworth development has been identified as top priority due to the age and condition of the current facility, and a Borough Council-led project team is leading on developing detailed proposals for the building.

A programme of consultation last year gave local people the chance to influence initial proposals, and close study of the two sites is now in progress.

The facilities to be provided in the Bedworth development are listed below:

New Bedworth Physical Activity Hub - 8 lane, 25m Main Pool, Pool viewing, Learner Pool, Wet Change, Main entrance & Café (with Events/Activity space), Kitchen / servery, Pool stores,  Plant & ancillary facilities, Admin / WCs / Changing Places, Multi-use room, Dry Change, 4 court Sports Hall & stores, 120 station Fitness Suite, Spin Studio, 2 Fitness Studios,  Fitness Dry Change.       

Other elements to be provided on site - 9v9 4G pitch, Open use Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Access routes / event spaces, Learn to Ride facility, All Wheels Skate Park, Pump track, Cycle hub (storage / maintenance), Mountain bike trails around the park, Parking, coach drop off area.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s ruling Cabinet received a progress report on March 2, 2021.

The report emphasises that facilities are being carefully considered within the overall landscaping and active environment of both Destination Parks. The position of both the buildings will be integral to the future design and delivery of both schemes.

Further opportunities for local people to review the proposed facilities will be available in the months to come, and people are being encouraged to stay in touch with progress and have their say at the Be-Nu website.

Cllr Ian Lloyd, portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure, said:

“I am really pleased that, despite the pandemic, work continues to progress on our future plans for these leisure facilities and the destination parks, to work together to support our residents. There is still a lot of work and planning to do and further consultation will be required, but we are working with our partners to develop future sustainable and viable schemes that will provide an effective service for many years to come.

“The funding of the new Bedworth site as our top priority, requires a fully-costed model to be developed and we envisage that capital funding to support this scheme will comprise capital receipts, section 106 contributions from developers, some external funding (such as British Cycling / Sport England grant awards if they are successful) and potentially local authority borrowing if that is viable.

“Parks and Open spaces have never been more important than they are now and will be for residents in the future, and the challenges that COVID-19 has brought will need to be factored into the future designs and layout of the sites.”