‘Do you really want to be remembered as the administration that robbed Sheringham of its most unique asset?’

Sheringham Splash. Photo: Archant Library

Sheringham Splash. Photo: Archant Library - Credit: Archant Library

A petition demanding a council reverses course on plans to replace a popular leisure centre and swimming pool received 2142 signatures.

It was launched amid fears the £12.7m replacement to Sheringham's Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre would belly flop.

The new centre will be without the 'beach-style' layout, wave machine and slide that have proved popular since the pool was opened in 1988.

The petition has now been sent to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) for consideration.

Liam Cross, from Dersingham, near King's Lynn, launched the campaign because he said the replacement was "not fit for purpose".

He said: "I'm really pleased with the signatures received and thank everybody who helped by sharing and spreading the word.

"I have received signatures from across Norfolk and Suffolk. I hope the council will now realise that to continue with the current plan would be a disaster for the area, and would rob Sheringham of its most valuable asset."

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In a letter to the council, accompanying the petition, he said: "While I think it's great you're spending money on swimming and sport for the area, the level of response to my petition makes it clear that the particular plan you have agreed is not what the people of Norfolk want.

"I'm aware that a plan was previously considered to refurbish the existing site, and I strongly believe this is financially and practically the best option.

"Do you really want to be remembered as the administration that robbed Sheringham of its most unique asset? Once Splash is gone, Sheringham will be left with a pool just like one that can be found in any town."

He said many fantastic points had been raised by people signing the petition.

Tara Ferrington-Crammond said: "As a family we travel from Norwich to use this pool. If Splash gets redeveloped without a wave machine, slide and beach entrance, we won't bother making the trip anymore."

Virginia Gay, NNDC's portfolio holder for culture and wellbeing, said previously that it would be "considerably more expensive" to build and maintain a slide and wave machine in a new pool.