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Tree top thrills and new café set for Coombe

Published Monday, 24 September 2018

Coombe Abbey Country Park could be the home of a new high wires assault course and a second café.

City councillors are set to consider investing in the plans, which would improve the popular park’s facilities and make it an even bigger visitor attraction.

The City Council  has owned the estate since the 1960s and recently bought Coombe Abbey Park Ltd, which operates the hotel at the park. It has been looking at a variety of projects to boost visitor numbers and generate income to support Council services in the years ahead.

At a meeting on 16 October, councillors will be asked to give officers the go-ahead to lease an area of land at the park to develop a high wires assault course and tree tops experience.

There would also be work to Top Pool Lodge to create a second café.

The rental payments for the land would then generate a regular income for the Council.

Councillors are also being asked to approve a loan of up to £1.95m to Coombe Abbey Park Ltd so it can carry out any necessary maintenance works over the next 10 years. This would then be repaid with interest.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle cabinet member for jobs and regeneration said: “We invested in Coombe Abbey because it was a sound financial move and it will generate income for the Council and the people of Coventry. Improving the facilities there will do exactly the same thing.

“The park is loved by people around the city and the region and is a very popular attraction, but it has the potential to offer even more – so this is very exciting and it makes very good financial sense. In time it will create additional income for front line services for many years to come.”

Cabinet member for parks, Cllr Abdul Khan said: “A tree tops adventure area will be a great attraction and it fits in with our aim of providing leisure facilities for the people of the city to enjoy and to help everyone stay fit and active. It would also draw in people from further afield.

“The second café is much needed. Coombe is a big old park and being able to stop for an extra drink or a bite to eat will encourage people to stay longer. It will help to give visitors a memorable day out and make them want to return to Coventry and see everything else we have to offer as we build up to our year as UK City of Culture.

“With our new waterpark, the new restaurants in the city centre and our many other attractions, we have a lot to offer and this investment will help to boost that offer and generate income to support the vital services we provide to the people of Coventry.”

If approved, planning applications for the high wires course and café are expected to go before Rugby Borough Council in October. If given the go-ahead, work could then start and be finished early in the new year.

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