Decision looms for Mablethorpe sports centre

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A DECISION on Tesco’s proposed new state of the art sports centre in Mablethorpe could be near as the District Council enters its final consultations.

The proposal is a proviso of the East Lindsey District Council of Tesco building a new superstore in Mablethorpe.

The new two-storey facility in Stanley Avenue would include a sports hall, fitness suite, steam room, sauna and outdoor activity area and would be built less than half a mile from the current Station Road site.

On the Tesco proposal, ELDC spokesman James Gilbert said: “We will shortly be writing to residents living in the vicinity of the site to ask for their views on the proposal and we’d encourage everyone to have their say.

“Although we’d welcome views sooner rather than later, the application could take up to 13 weeks for us to consider.”

Laura Gosling, Corporate Affairs Manager for Tesco added: “We are working with the Council to draw up plans that will offer the maximum benefits for Mablethorpe and deliver a state-of-the-art leisure facility for the town. An application will be submitted when this process has been completed in the coming months.”

The Tesco planning application is currently in the hands of the Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council, who supported in principle the plans at their meeting on Monday.

Meanwhile, LB Mablethorpe have confirmed they are still looking at building the sports centre themselves as part of a major redevelopment involving housing and a food store.

Lindum Group Property Director Paul McSporley said: “We still feel strongly that a comprehensive development programme for Mablethorpe provides the best opportunity for sustained growth and investment.”

•What do you think? Would you prefer Tesco’s proposed sports centre or the LB Mablethorpe regeneration plan? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.