A new £6.3 million leisure centre in Market Rasen, which would include a 3G football pitch and dance suite, looks set to get the go-ahead.
Dubbed a “dry leisure facility”, the move comes as part of a wider investment of £7.8 million by West Lindsey District Council in facilities across the district.
The new centre would be built off Gainsborough Road in the town and host a range of facilities, including a sports hall.
But the plan has been met with backlash from campaigners who said a swimming pool is a “higher priority”.
Now, councillors on the district council’s planning committee have been recommended to give the proposal the green light.
The plan was announced by the authority last year in a move which was described as a “fantastic opportunity” by Market Rasen Town councillors.
Yet campaigners from Market Rasen Action Group lodged a 2,000 signature petition to the district council opposing the plans.
The group called on the authority to build a swimming pool in the town.
But the petition was rejected by councillors in November 2018 after council leader, Jeff Summers, said the proposal for a pool would require “significant subsidy”.
He added that a consultation had taken place and that a pool would be “unsustainable”.
Councillors will hear the plan for the new leisure centre at a meeting on February 6.
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