£1.8 million funding by C&W LEP

A grant of £1.8 million from the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) will enable transformation of the forecourt of Leamington Station railway station, prioritising greener travel, linking bus, taxi, cycle and rail.

This funding, bringing long-term benefits, is driven by the international bowls competitions being held at Victoria Park as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.  It is estimated these will bring £26 million to local businesses.

WDC, working with the Town Council, BID Leamington and the Chambers of Trade, a total of £3.6 million in all will be available to address the town’s transport problems of chronic air pollution and road congestion.

For more on this see WDC Press Release

Newbold Comyn Draft Masterplan

The Leamington Society has responded to the Masterplan consultation by WDC on Newbold Comyn.  In summary the Society:

  • welcomes the new Nature Reserve area but felt the cycle track within it would be intrusive
  • believes the provision for cycling is excessive; cycling should be restricted to the north edge of the site
  • recognises the importance of physical fitness with a variety of facilities suitable for all ages
  • believe there is little future for golf on Newbold Comyn but there might be value in a pitch and putt facility
  • recognises the value of an artificial turf football pitch
  • is concerned about possible vandalism to new structures and nature hubs
  • questions the thinking on access to the site and provision of additional car spaces, and deplores any apparent mention of improved public transport or a cycle park

The Masterplan is a pre-Covid document; a post-Covid version is needed

To read the society response in full go to Leamington Society response

You are encouraged to respond to the consultation by June 30 (revised date).