The footbridge over the River Cherwell linking Spiceball Leisure Centre to Spiceball Road has reopened following its closure during the development of Castle Quay Waterfront.
Published: Thursday, 8th July 2021
The river footbridge reopening is the latest milestone to be achieved in the regeneration of this canal side destination in Banbury and will greatly improve public access to Spiceball Leisure Centre.
Councillor Phil Chapman, Lead Member for Leisure and Sport, said: "The footbridge reopening will greatly improve people’s day to day commutes and visits – it has never been so easy to go to Spiceball Leisure Centre and then pop into the shops or get a bite to eat at Castle Quay.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Banbury for their understanding while the footbridge was out of use. The new Castle Quay Waterfront destination will bring an exceptional new offering to the town centre, complementing the existing shopping centre perfectly and providing the best-in-class lifestyle offer for residents and tourists.”
Jason Andrews, Area Manager for Parkwood Leisure, the operators of Spiceball Leisure Centre said: “We are delighted to have the bridge open again and welcome the positive impact that it will have on visitor numbers at the centre.”
Cllr Lynn Pratt, Lead Member for Economy, Regeneration and Property; Cllr Chapman and Graham Bleach, Centre Manager, Spiceball Leisure Centre.
The new Waterfront development will include a brand-new 30,000 sq. ft Lidl and 117 room Premier Inn opening later this summer. The Light will be opening a high quality entertainment experience in Easter 2022 including a state-of-the-art, eight-screen cinema, a leisure offering with ten lanes of bowling, and a sun terrace overlooking the canal. The Waterfront will also include several restaurants, which are set to open at the beginning of next year, all of which will create a new leisure destination in Banbury.