New campaign for a swimming pool in Mablethorpe

Campaigner Peter Spybey, at the site of the proposed new leisure centre in Stanley Avenue.

Campaigner Peter Spybey, at the site of the proposed new leisure centre in Stanley Avenue.

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A NEW campaign for a swimming pool in Mablethorpe has been launched by one of the town’s residents, who believes he can finally end the 35-year wait for the facility.

Peter Spybey has set up the new online campaign and he is hoping to drum up support from residents and ‘take on the council’ to see his dream come true.

“Mablethorpe needs a swimming pool,” Peter explained. “It would get plenty of use from the public and local schools. Mablethorpe is an expanding town.

“I’ve campaigned for things in the past and have been successful; I believe we can be again.”

The ELDC re-iterated their stance on the issue, they said: “The East Lindsey District Council will not run a swimming pool in Mablethorpe because it simply is not sustainable. If the Mablethorpe residents want to take this forward they will have to look locally for it to be built.”

Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre, the closest pool to Mablethorpe, is ten miles away. Sport England say the capital cost of such a pool will be £4.45million.

Both Tesco and LB Mablethorpe have tentatively suggested they could build a swimming pool but have yet to commit despite plans for a new leisure centre at Stanley Avenue.

Mablethorpe East District and Town Councillor Tony Howard added: “Mablethorpe needs a pool for several reasons. The Meridian is a great facility but it’s not that accessible.

“The district council definitely needs to look at the situation again with fresh eyes as ten years have passed since their last study and so much has changed since."

Peter has set up a Facebook group entitled 'Mablethorpe Swimming Pool' where fierce debate is already underway.

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