AUG 00] NUNEATON & BEDWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
New Pool Scheme Floated for Nuneaton
The designs are being
finalised to spend £7 million and put Nuneaton in the swim with a new
A floating-floor will
be one of the features in the new leisure complex being planning by
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
It will build the new
pool in the car park of the present Pingles leisure centre, Avenue
Road, and the existing building will then be knocked down.
Cllr Roma Taylor, who
chaired the leisure committee meeting this week, said the old one
would only close when the new pool is open.
It will have a floor
which can be raised, and so lower the depth of the water – useful
for sessions with disabled swimmer and learners.
Part of the pool will
be outside, so people can swim from the indoor section into the
Cllr Taylor went with
councillors and officers on a trip to see a similar feature at pools
in Aylesbury and Hemel Hempstead.
Centre was built 35 years ago and it is showing its age, and has
reached the end of its shelf life.
“The new centre
sounds very exciting and it is hoped to start building work next
year and for it all to be complete by 2003.
“Swimming is very
popular these days and we hope to encourage more people to join in
as it is very good exercise.
“We thought it
was very important not to close down the old pool until the new one
is finished. We did not want to have to disappoint people.
“It is a good
quality scheme and were very impressed with the one we saw at
The new Pingles
centre will have a 25-metre pool with eight lanes and its retractable
floor, plus there will be a learner pool and a leisure water area.
The centre will also
have a fitness suite, dance studio, crèche and full facilities for
The borough council
is adding about £4 million to the £3 million that came from lottery
money. The council has recently refurbished its other pool at Bedworth.
And just up the road,
work has started on new swimming facilities in Atherstone.