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Grimsby's Scartho Baths demolition to start in June

Scartho Baths Image copyright Lincs Inspire
Image caption It will cost over £1m to knock Scartho Baths down and remove asbestos

Demolition of the now-defunct Scartho Baths in Grimsby is due to start in June.

The pool, which has been replaced by a new £8.4m leisure centre in the North East Lincolnshire town, is to be turned into a "recreational open space".

Work to remove asbestos from the building started last month and was "on schedule to be completed in readiness for the demolition", the council said.

Scartho Baths closed in December despite a huge campaign against it.

The new facility, on Cromwell Road, was officially opened on Saturday and named The Burnett Leisure Complex in memory of Labour Councillor Mick Burnett, who died from a heart attack in May last year.

A plaque was unveiled by his wife Ann during the ceremony led by Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Cliff Barber.

Image caption The company running the new facility said it is 'more modern and in keeping with today's use'

Run by an external company, the complex opened to the public last month and has a new 8-lane and 25m pool, a 68-station gym, steam room and sauna.

Demolition of Scartho Baths, including removal of asbestos, is estimated to cost more than £1m.

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