On 14th November Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council will be presenting future options for the development and enhancement of leisure provision throughout the Borough to its Internal Overview & Scrutiny Panel.
Following the adoption of the Council’s Leisure Strategy and subsequent Local Plan in 2018, Labour councillors and Officers have been working behind the scenes to explore options which will enhance the leisure provisions in the borough with its innovative Passport to Leisure Scheme and meet the future demands of residents up to 2031.
These options follow the work previously reported to Cabinet in 2018 and now have been developed at a high level to provide concepts that the Council feel can be moved forward, subject to financial modelling and appropriate sign off.
A total of approximately £20 million in contributions requested from Developers under Section 106 (a community Infrastructure Levy which requires developers to pay for projects to help manage the impact of developments) has been requested since 2017 to support the additional requirements needed to meet demand.
NBBC is set to do more work with partners in order to develop the opportunities available and deliver maximum benefit to the Borough and its residents.
Cllr Ian Lloyd, Labour’s portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure at the Town Hall said:
“I am really pleased to be able to finally share with you the fantastic Ambitious Package of leisure developments the Council have been working on for the past two years.
“We have carefully developed these plans and are now at the stage where we feel we have a solid proposal in place which can take us forward into a bright future for the Borough.
“We hope to get sign off for these plans and move forward with our exciting ambitions for leisure development which we believe will stand the test of time and fulfil the needs of our residents now and for the foreseeable future.”
Some of the exciting proposals are set out below:
Bedworth Leisure Centre
Due to the need to increase pool space at the Bedworth Leisure Centre and the practicalities of this with an ageing building we need to build a new modern and fit for purpose wet and dry leisure facility in the Miners Welfare Park. This will consist of a new 25 metre, 8 lane swimming pool, teaching pool, 4 court indoor sports hall, and 100 station health and fitness facility, with dance studio space and a new café.
We are also looking at the feasibility of a roof-top all-weather floodlit football pitch facility to support the growing local junior clubs’ requirement for extra training facilities, with the option to use this facility as a home ground. A new and extended car park will be constructed with number plate recognition car parking and facilities for green transport, encouraging cycle and walking routes and also the use of electric cars in the future.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) In partnership with Warwickshire County Council (WCC) have been working on the opportunity to develop and enhance our leisure offer in northern Nuneaton, recognising the extensive housing developments going on along the Higham Lane, A5, Longshoot and Weddington areas. As such we are looking to develop with WCC a combined leisure and school offer on one site proving an “Active” community hub that will be open to the public during the day, evening and weekends. This site would include a new secondary school and potential junior school with enhanced sporting provision.
School facilities would include a 6-sports court hall as opposed to 4, a 100-station health and fitness facility, studio, class areas and a full sized all weather floodlit football pitch that would provide a central venue for local junior football. There would also be outdoor grassed football pitches and changing facilities.
This facility would not only meet Ofsted requirements and enable an enhanced leisure offer for school pupils to support increased physical activity and attainment levels, but also be open for public use during the day.
Early discussions are also taking place with Warwickshire Health Service, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health Warwickshire to look at opportunities for the provision of GP services and how to streamline facilities that are offered from this one Active community hub site.
Parks Master Planning
We are also looking to develop our Town’s Destination Parks – with the Miners’ Welfare being extended through coalpit fields to Hawksbury Village and Riversley Park to be extended through to Wembrook both including many new facilities, and cycle and pedestrian links. This will ensure that the overall Borough leisure and open space proposals support our residents’ needs around health and mental well-being.
Most of us recognise the importance of physical activity, however mental health is just as important and we want to ensure that the provisions we develop reflect this.
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