It's Far Too Big, It's Worn out. and It's Time for Something New; SPORTS CENTRE PLAN
Byline: By FIONA SCOTT Political Editor email@example.com
NEW PLANS are being drawn up to knock down Coventry's sports centre with its Olympic sized swimming pool in Fairfax Street.
Conservatives are hoping English Heritage will agree to de-list the Grade II listed building so it can be demolished and replaced.
They want to build a modern leisure centre with the emphasis on fun swimming as part of the massive Swanswell redevelopment.
It would include indoor bowls, badminton courts and other sports facilities - but not an Olympic-sized 50 metre training pool.
Council leader Ken Taylor said that could be built elsewhere in the city and some other organisations were interested in providing it.
This is the second time in two years that the council is to attempt to replace Fairfax Street which is said to be becoming down-at-heel.
The roof needs repairing - there are nets above the swimming pool to prevent anything falling in - and the boilers are worn-out.
The council is planning to spend more than pounds 2 million this year on urgent repairs. It is estimated that it could cost as much as pounds 35 million to completely revamp it on the same site.
Cllr Taylor said: "The sports centre is not only too big - way too big for what's wanted - it's looking very tired and weary. It needs to be much more modern."
The current centre has an Olympic size swimming pool, hosts children's parties and is home to many sports clubs.
The last attempt to knock down Fairfax Street floundered two years ago when the government didn't approve the council's application to fund a new one directly opposite using Private Finance Initiative.
Conservatives are hoping the government will be keener this time because the new leisure centre will be linked to a new political initiative in the city. …