Market Rasen pool plans set to be mothballed

Plans for a £4.1m swimming pool and fitness centre in Lincolnshire are set to be put on hold again.

West Lindsey District Council has been considering a 25m, four-lane pool in Market Rasen for years, but the project has faced repeated setbacks.

The Conservative-controlled authority will now vote on whether to mothball the scheme for at least two years.

Council leader Burt Keimach said new pools nearby and a tough financial situation had led to the decision.

Less money coming from central government, a £12m pool at nearby Louth, plans for another pool at Welton and the failure to sell former council headquarters in Gainsborough have all counted against the project.

Mr Keimach said: "I have always been in favour of building a pool in the town I represent, but I have to accept that circumstances have changed dramatically in recent times and the council cannot be certain it would get value for money from the project at this time."

The council said it had to deal with a £1.8m deficit over the next two years but some of the money earmarked for the pool project would still be used elsewhere.

A decision will be taken by the full council on 24 January.

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