Parking ‘fiasco’ at Rugby’s new leisure centre

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Visitors to Rugby’s new leisure centre say parking problems need to be addressed.

Athlete and bowler Grant Taylor is fed up with not being able to get a car parking space at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, which opened in August. He said: “I have just sent in a complaint to Rugby Borough Council about the parking fiasco at the leisure centre.

“As a member of both the athletic club and bowls club, we made statements that there would be problems with parking at some events.”

Mr Taylor added: “It has now become obvious that after 6pm on any night, there are no parking spaces left.

“People are having to park at any part of the road that does not block access.”

The state of the art leisure centre replaced the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, which served the town for 40 years.

Mr Taylor said although he has written to the council, he doesn’t think anything will be done.

“As usual, the council will not change their mind, as they are always right.”

Mrs Oakes, of Deane Road, Hillmorton, is worried there will be an accident on the site.

“It’s only a matter of time before an accident, or a child killed in the main car park at the new centre,” she said.

“Who in their bright minds thought it would look aesthetically pleasing to have hedges in the car park parallel to the footpath walkways?”

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: “Work on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre’s car park should be completed by the end of this week, with 30 extra parking spaces available to visitors.

“The new centre’s car park has a comparable number of spaces to the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, but we are aware the car park is often used by motorists who do not visit the centre. We will monitor the situation over the coming weeks and, if necessary, consider whether we need to take any further action.”