Support for new supermarket on Immingham Sports Centre site
COUNCILLORS have backed plans to demolish Immingham Sports Centre to make way for a supermarket development.
However, users of the Washdyke Lane facility say they are "disappointed" that it is set to be razed to the ground before the end of the year.
As reported, Wellway Properties Limited has submitted a planning application for the first part of the development of a new supermarket off Kennedy Way.
And North East Lincolnshire Council has agreed to the sale of a parcel of land, which currently houses the sports hall and a multi-use games area, to the developers.
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It has angered users of the sports hall, including the founders of Cliftons Dance Academy, who use the venue for major competitions.
Former professional dancer Keith Clifton said: "We've heard that the sports hall will be demolished by the end of the year but we haven't had any formal notification.
"We use the hall for three or four events every year because it has such a large floor space.
"We have thousands youngsters travel from all over the north east and the midlands to compete in these freestyle dance contests.
"I'm disappointed that the venue is going to be demolished because it's a reflection of the loss of suitable dance halls everywhere.
"We're already looking for another venue, but there just aren't any that are suitable.
"It means the next North East Lincolnshire freestyle championship will probably be held in another county, which seems very strange."
However, Ward Councillor Michael Burton said demolishing the hall will be of greater benefit to the town than keeping it.
He added: "It is unfortunate that the hall needs to be demolished but we have a stark choice in front of us.
"We either keep the hall or we embrace the planned supermarket development, which is what I believe the majority of residents want.
"There are enough alternative sports facilities, like the Oasis Academy Immingham and the boxing club, to provide room for the majority of users of the sports hall.
"Most people are fully supportive of the supermarket development as it will bring investment and jobs to Immingham."
It is believed that the existing multi-use games area will be relocated to the Oasis Academy, in Pelham Road.
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said residents will have the opportunity to comment on the planning application and all sports hall users will be consulted with regard to alternative opportunities.
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The supermarket chain which plans to build there will be revealed at the end of the month. Keep reading your Grimsby Telegraph for more.