Consultation autumn 2018

We would like to thank everybody who took part in last year's public consultation about improving the facilities at Castle Farm Recreation Centre and Abbey Fields Swimming Pool. The consultation finished in November 2018, and we received feedback from a range of stakeholders; including local residents, local schools, national governing bodies of sport, sports clubs, swimming clubs and statutory bodies.

At Castle Farm Recreation Centre there was clear support from respondents for the outline option proposed by the Council to provide a brand new recreation centre, which would include a new sports hall, gym and group exercise studios. There were areas of concern about the impact of traffic and the potential future re-location of the Wardens sports club to the site. We acknowledge this feedback and are committed to addressing these concerns where possible as part of the planning process.

At Abbey Fields Swimming Pool the feedback from residents was split relatively evenly between the two outline options proposed which were:- a) the wholesale refurbishment and retention of the existing outdoor pool and b) wholesale refurbishment and provision of an indoor family pool with an associated outdoor area. Approximately one third of respondents were in support of retaining the outdoor pool, another third preferred the family pool and the remaining third expressed no preference. In addition, a quarter of all responses supported a further option proposed by a local group “Restore Kenilworth Lido”, which is to provide a new 25m outdoor pool.

We have used this information to inform the next steps for further development of the design options. Information about this is documented in a report considered by the Council’s Executive Committee on Wednesday 9 January. You can see a copy of the report including more detail about the consultation feedback.

There will be a further opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the proposals when planning applications are made for the improvement works later in 2019.