Coventry & Warwickshire

Two leisure centres in Warwickshire get £15m transformation

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Image caption Newbold Comyn (pictured) and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick will receive a £15m upgrade

Two leisure centres will be transformed in a £15m project after plans were approved by councillors.

St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre in Warwick and Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre in Leamington Spa will get new pools, gyms and fitness studios.

Opposition Labour councillors objected to the cost at a meeting of Warwick District Council on Wednesday, and the closure of both sites at the same time.

However, the Conservative-backed council backed the plans.

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A report to members had said that without this work, the leisure centres would become "not fit for purpose".

Michael Coker, deputy leader of the council, said it was an opportunity to provide good facilities so residents could "enjoy themselves and improve their health" for the next 30 years.

Seven Labour councillors objected to the plans, which will see the pools shut for more than five months at the same time.

Labour councillor Colin Quinney said "alarm bells" should ring that the cost had risen by about 30% in 12 months.

The Warwick pool will close next month and Newbold in January for 22 weeks, although some other facilities on the sites will remain open.

The work on both centres is expected to be completed in November 2017.

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