Coventry & Warwickshire

Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre to be closed

A leisure centre is earmarked for closure in Coventry while £8m will be spent improving facilities at another.

Coventry City Council is set to close Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre, which is losing the authority £250,000 a year.

However, it plans to build a 25m pool, a teaching pool and a health suite at the current Centre AT7.

Councillor Phil Townshend said: "We want to make our facilities fit for the 21st century."

He said: "In 2012, the year the Olympic Games comes to Coventry, we want to deliver a new model for sports provision across the city that puts people at the heart of a new vision for sport."

The Labour-controlled authority said the Foleshill centre had seen a 60% drop in visitors since 1995 and facilities are so old that the pool has to be shut down for nearly two days if it is contaminated.

The plans will be considered at a cabinet meeting due to be held on Tuesday, 3 January.

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