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Government grants Bedworth leisure scheme £14.95 million

Published on Thursday, 28th October 2021

Picture of 'welcome' noticeboard in Miner's Welfare Park, Bedworth
Miner's Welfare Park, Bedworth

Huge £14.95 million grant boost for Bedworth's Miner's Welfare Park confirmed


Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is celebrating the award of a £14.95 million grant today, following Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget announcement earlier this week.

The money is to be invested in replacing an existing leisure centre facility in Miner's Welfare Park, Bedworth, along with improvements to the park and links to the nearby town centre.

The funding was contained in the government’s announcement of successful phase one ‘Levelling Up Fund’ bids, on Wednesday (27 October).

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has previously announced progressive ideas for brand new Physical Activity Hubs to replace leisure centres in both towns in the next few years.

The council applied for Levelling Up funds earlier this year as it continues to build on its published proposals, working with public and private sector partners, for a programme of Nuneaton town centre improvements.

Cllr Kyle Evans, portfolio holder for Public Services at the local authority, said: “This is excellent news for Bedworth and the people of Bedworth. Our borough council is striving to bring new investment to the area, and here is further evidence that we are committed to doing just that.

“We welcome the Chancellor’s announcement and intend to play our part to the full in ensuring that Whitehall’s Levelling Up Fund does exactly that in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

“We are already working on detailed plans for this development, and I will be bringing forward information for people to consider in the next few months.

"I would also like to extend my thanks to all those who supported our successful bid behind the scenes. Including our dedicated Officer team, consultants from Strategic Leisure Ltd, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Craig Tracey MP.”

Council leader Cllr Kristofer Wilson added: “The announcement that we have been successful for the Levelling Up Fund is absolutely game-changing for Bedworth. The first decision we took as a new Council was to back a bid for Bedworth and support the wider regeneration of the town.

“The new facilities and green links into the town centre will improve the quality of life for Bedworth residents and open up opportunities for the next generation that didn’t exist before. I look forward to seeing the project break ground as soon as possible.”