Newbold Comyn in for £12m fitness boost

Gym equipment
Gym equipment

A multi-million pound revamp could be headed to Newbold Comyn if councillors agree the next steps in a £12 million spend on major leisure centre upgrades next week.

Warwick District Council’s executive is being urged to approve a series of recommendations to progress its leisure development programme and invest “significant capital sums” into upgrades.

Plans for Newbold Comyn mean more than doubling the size of the gym, creating a new sauna and steam room, ‘changing village’ with pool side access, new fitness and spinning studios, a four-court sports hall, 50-seat cafe and new clip-and-climb climbing wall.

There would also be significant investment in Warwick’s St Nicholas Park to reduce pressure on Myton School’s sports hall, which is open to the public.

Plans for a new sports centre and swimming pool in Kenilworth have been halted as further discussions take place.

But funding for the major projects is still to be agreed as councillors look to a series of borrowing and grants to make the scheme possible.

An initial £550,000 spend - to largely come from council funds - must be agreed at Wednesday’s meeting before plans can progress to improve and extend the council’s four leisure centres.

Members will also discuss wider funding options and the impact of major borrowing if grants cannot be secured as expected.

Council leader Andrew Mobbs said they hope to secure up to £2 million for the projects from Sports England along with funding from developers. But the scheme could still mean “significant” borrowing.

The the total maintenance costs for the four council sites over the next 30 years is estimated to be £3 million - with a further £3.9 million needed for improvements.

The leisure investment is designed to keep ageing buildings in use for another 30 years and address the growing population which will come from 19,000 new houses by 2031.

It will also reduce the reliance and impact on dual sites across the district.