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Since the last “Your Call” was released Kenilworth Town Council have written to Warwick District Council to request that the Leisure Facilities Plan be revised to address several concerns that residents have brought to our attention. These included concerns about the additional traffic that the Castle Farm redevelopment will attract and how that will be managed, how a Green Travel Plan can be realised, the provision of an outdoor pool at the Abbey Fields and an assurance that the new buildings will incorporate design and function features that are as carbon neutral as possible in accordance with the Climate Emergency declared by both Town and District Councils Last year.

The response from Andrew Jones, Deputy Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer at Warwick District Council, to our letter was prompt. In it he was clear that the plans would not be revisited and that there would be no outdoor swimming (Lido) at Abbey Fields. However, he did say that the WDC offers, “the assistance of its officers to help develop any proposals brought forward by the Town Council to develop a stand-alone lido on a different site within the town”. He also stated that there would be consultation with the residents affected by traffic at the Castle Farm site and that both buildings will take design advice on how to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.

The Town Council has also asked the County Council to do a survey of the viability of a new pedestrian crossing, or other safety measure, on Abbey Hill. This road, overlooking Abbey Fields, currently forms a very unsafe divide between the historic and newer part of our wonderful Town.

We will engage with all groups who are affected by these developments going forward. It is early days yet with Covid-19 delaying works but we will keep our residents abreast of all developments via Kenilworth Web and other communication platforms. Also, please don’t hesitate to contact individual councillors whose contact details you can also find on the Kenilworth Web.

We would like to congratulate Kenilworth in Bloom for organising and funding the recent summer planting of the tubs, which are already brightening up the Town.

We look forward to updating you in the next issue of “Your Call” and on the Kenilworth Web. In the meantime, the Town Council hopes for a continuing decline in Covid-19 cases and sends you well wishes.