At last night’s meeting, Warwick District Council’s Executive agreed to undertake public consultation on the development of a proposal for Newbold Comyn.
Since the closure of the golf course in December 2017, Warwick District Council has been working with its advisers Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy (SLC), to investigate the future of this valued green space.
An initial fact-finding survey was undertaken in August 2018 to understand the current use of Newbold Comyn, and with an overwhelming 3270 responses, the Council was tasked with balancing the many needs and interests of users and various stakeholders.
SLC undertook an initial assessment of Newbold Comyn and, together with the results of the survey, have drafted three illustrations to help inform the consultation.
The illustrations include a redesigned par-3 golf course, driving range, a new adventure play area, an outdoor activity area including high ropes, low ropes and zip wires, an extension to the nature reserve and a visitor centre/café. The public and other stakeholders will be asked whether they support the mix of facilities in the illustrations, or would like the council to consider other combinations.
A cross-party Councillor Group has been formed to analyse the results of the consultation and agree a final proposal, to be approved by the Council.
David Norris, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, commented: “Newbold Comyn is a treasured green space in Leamington that residents across the district come to enjoy.
“Our aim here is to ensure that we preserve and enhance this area so that it can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people for many years to come.”
The consultation will start in September and be publicised on the Council’s website and social media.
This replaces the press release issued on Wednesday 21 August and provides more detail and clarity on the consultation process to be followed.