Plans for a multi-million-pound upgrade of Abbey Fields Swimming Pool have been given the green light.
Following approval by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee on 14 September, work is set to start early next year to create a brand-new facility. This will include the addition of a second indoor pool with an adjoining sun terrace as well as a new ‘National Trust style’ café which can be accessed by park users.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, Councillor Liam Bartlett commented:
“This really is great news for the people of Kenilworth and the whole District, and we are delighted that we can now move forward with our plans to transform an old and outdated facility into something far more in keeping with its magnificent backdrop.”
“The additional year-round pool space will help to meet the demand locally for more swimming lessons and will be welcomed by schools and swimming clubs, as well as less confident swimmers, organisers of children’s parties and disabled users.”
The designs for the new pool follow consultation with leading specialists and advice from Swim England and will have a moveable floor allowing the water depth to be altered in a matter of minutes to meet the needs of young children, parents and babies or aqua aerobics sessions. There will also be direct pool access via a hoist from a ‘Changing Place’ facility for the disabled, the first of its kind in the District.
Local parent and ambassador for Changing Place facilities Emily Naismith commented:
“This is a milestone for the local disabled community and I (and others in a similar situation) can’t wait to be able to take our whole family swimming with ease for the very first time! “
Everyone Active’s Contract Manager, Gareth Wagg said:
“We are really excited that the new plans for Abbey Fields Swimming Pool will now be realised, allowing us to expand our swimming lesson programmes and sessions. Water activities are hugely beneficial for a variety of health conditions, and the new site will allow us to enable access to those who have previously been unable to use the facilities. We would like to assure all our customers and members that they will be able to use the other Everyone Active managed centres across the region, during the period when the Kenilworth facilities are closed.”
Further updates on the next stage of the Abbey Fields redevelopment plans will be made available on the Warwick District Council website.