Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry 50m pool plans considered by ASA

Coventry pool
Image caption Coventry's 50m pool is the only one in the West Midlands - and now its future is under threat

A study is being carried out to see if Coventry could keep a 50m (164 feet) swimming pool.

The closure of the city's current pool on Fairfax Street - the only 50m pool in the West Midlands - was announced by the city council in July.

About 11,000 people signed a petition to save i but the council voted to cease funding by 2019 and replace it with a new £37m leisure centre.

The study is being carried out by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

David Nuttall, the council's head of sports, said: "We know the pool has been a very significant facility for sport. We are not surprised it provoked a very strong reaction.

"People are very committed to the sport and we understand that."

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