The final nail was hammered into the coffin of Coventry’s Olympic-length swimming pool as councillors finally voted to shut it down.
But hope of retaining a 50m pool somewhere in the city was resurrected after the council agreed to explore the option of building a new 50m pool somewhere else in the city, before the existing pool closes its doors in 2019.
The decision to close down Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, in Fairfax Street, was voted through unanimously at full council on Tuesday.
Huge running costs mean it will be replaced with a new £36million water park and smaller 25m pool in New Union Street.
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