11th Dec, 2019

Artists called to create vision for Kenilworth Lido campaign

Ian Hughes 19th Apr, 2019

ARTIST Karen Pittaway has used her skills with a paintbrush to show her support for the Kenilworth Lido campaign.

The town-based artist has created her own vision of what a new Abbey Fields outdoor pool could look like.

And the Restore Kenilworth Lido (RKL) campaign group hope it will inspire young and old alike within the community to submit their own ideas for an outdoor swimming as part of its Vision for Kenilworth Lido initiative which runs until April 30.

Campaign spokesperson Martin Seaton said: “It’s encouraging to see so many people are recognising the potential that the lido option has to offer.

“It’s not difficult to imagine what it could be, when you look at other successful lidos such as Stratford Park in Stroud, Cheltenham, Banbury and Droitwich, and talk to people who enjoy the many benefits of outdoor swimming.”

RKL want to see the existing outdoor fun shaped pool in Abbey Fields replaced with a heated lido which could be used all year round.

But Warwick District Council approved design work on proposals in January to build a new indoor pool as part of a major overhaul of both the swimming pool and Castle Farm Recreation Centre in the town – at a cost of up to £24million.

The council say an indoor pool would meet the ‘substantial demand’ locally for more swimming lessons and during the summer could be ‘opened up’ onto an adjoining new terrace.

Businesses backing the lido campaign include Kenilworth Books, David Lee Solicitors, The Tree House Bookshop, Kenilworth Arts Festival, The Orangery, Grounds Farm, Pansy Potter, Antigo, The Farthing Gallery, Warren’s Bakery, Coventry BID, Talisman Office Services, Cory Barrett Design Consultant and Castle Mortgages. Nationally The Outdoor Swimming Society and the British Triathlon Federation.

Visit www.restorekenilworthlido.org.uk for more on the campaign, and details of how to submit a Vision for Kenilworth Lido.

 

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