Coventry people have their say on future of sport in the city
Tuesday 2 October 2012
More than 1,500 people have shared their views about sports and leisure across Coventry in a major survey carried out by Coventry City Council.
Now their views will be used to develop a new sports strategy for the city and as part of a package of information to help decide the future of Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre.
A feasibility study is now being prepared which looks at a number of options for Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre, including closing the Centre if a new swimming pool were to be built at Centre AT7. Coventry and Warwickshire Awards Trust, owners of the Centre AT7 site, has now begun a design consultation for the option of the development of Centre AT7, with a planning application to the Council for proposed new pools, a health suite and enhanced community facilities anticipated to follow.
Councillor Phil Townshend, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Equalities and Sport said:
"I am delighted with the response to the sport and leisure consultation and want to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. The results of the consultation are currently being analysed in detail, but it's already obvious that people want to be able to access affordable, friendly, enjoyable activities within a clean, safe environment.
"No decision has yet been made about the future of Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre and I want to make sure I have as much information as possible available before the decision is made. The results of the consultation will also be used in the coming months to help develop a sports vision and strategy for the city and we will be sharing these with people, through a further consultation, as soon as they are ready."
To see and comment on the proposed designs for new swimming facilities at Centre AT7, people can visit the Alan Higgs Centre, Centre AT7, Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre, Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre or Xcel Leisure Centre until 14 October, or drop into two special sessions where staff and members of the design team will be on hand to answer any questions about the design. The first of these will be held at Centre AT7 on Tuesday 9 October between 4pm and 8pm, and the second at St. Paul's Church Hall on Foleshill Road on Thursday 11 October between 4pm and 8pm.
A decision on the future of Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre and the public consultation on the emerging sports strategy for the City are both expected in Spring 2013.