The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre is over 40 years old and at the end of its life. Rugby Borough Council has submitted plans to build a new centre at the site on Bruce Williams Way which will feature a 25 metre swimming pool suitable for regional competitions, a second pool with a moveable floor to allow the depth to be changed, a fitness suite double the size of the existing one and a climbing wall.
Cllr. Howard Roberts has been an integral part of the push to replace Ken Marriott. Sitting on the important Task and Finish group, Howard has pushed for more economies to be made in order to get value for money in this major project.
Howard commented: “In my role I have championed a new leisure centre so that Rugby’s population has access to modern facilities. However I am aware that capital spending of this scale in the current economic situation is controversial. I have fought to ensure that all estimates are scrutinised meticulously and costs kept down at every point.”
The council's planning committee should consider the application by September and if the proposal is accepted funding for the project will be discussed at a full council meeting in February 2012. The Ken Marriott will remain open while construction work takes place and the council said if all goes to plan it hopes the new leisure centre will be fully operational in July 2013.
If you have any views please contact Howard as he would like to ensure input from the villages in this urban project.