Below is a letter from Giles McNeill printed in today's Lincolnshire Echo:
I am sure that residents of Market Rasen are delighted at the news that West Lindsey District Council seems to have given the go-ahead for a swimming pool for the town (February 27).
But the council has no long-term strategy developed for the pool. It has five years of funding to cover the shortfall but then it will need to add £250,000 each year to the council tax to pay for the operating costs (and that doesn't include capital expenditure).
As a member of Wragby and District Swimming Pool I know that a four- lane, 25m pool can be operated efficiently by a not-for-profit organisation - and this is the route that should be taken by the district council.
If a trust was set up to run the pool, the council could put the £1,250,000 earmarked for running costs to construction and do a proper, first-rate job.
Councillor Shore and his colleagues also know that the pool will never attract the wild figures claimed - 80,000 people after all is more than the district's entire population!
Everyone wants better leisure facilities - but this is not the solution and will prove financially disastrous.
GILES McNEILL, Nettleham.