Grimsby Scartho Baths to be demolished

Artist impression of new leisure centre
Image caption Proposals for the new centre on Cromwell Road include an eight lane, 25m pool

Grimsby's ageing Scartho Road swimming pool is to be demolished, councillors have decided.

It will cost over £1m to knock the building down and remove asbestos, with the cleared area to be turned into a "recreational open space", North East Lincolnshire Council said.

In 2013, 6,000 people signed a petition for them to stay open.

A new 25-metre swimming pool at a leisure centre in Cromwell Road will open in the New Year.

The centre will feature a pool, sauna, steam room and gym fitness suite with studio space.

Councillor Matthew Patrick said of Scartho Road: "A void Grimsby swimming pool building and vacant site would represent a very high risk to the council.

"The building is known to include a number of factors like asbestos material and there would be ongoing running costs and site security issues. The decision taken today will minimise these risks."

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