The three councillors, who are all Labour representatives, added that the investment was long overdue for the area.
Councillor Tony Howard, leader of the Labour group at the district council, said: “There is a saying that everything comes to those who wait, and the recent announcement that the Government has seen fit to grant £23.9m of the £25m bid to the Towns Fund is testament to that.”
Coun Howard described the funding as ‘great news’, and added: “However, it is such a shame that it has taken almost three decades for everyone else to see what the people of Mablethorpe have been saying all along – we need better leisure facilities including a swimming pool”.
Fellow councillor Claire Newman said: “Hearty congratulations are due to the people of the town for remaining resolute over all this time in challenging those who were too mean to provide what the community was crying out for.”
Meanwhile, Coun Graham Cullen – who also represents the Mablethorpe division at Lincolnshire County Council – said: “It was such a slog going around all the colleges, universities and other educational bodies to convince them of the skills gap the town was suffering since the Tories pulled the plug on our secondary school, having already destroyed the youth service locally before that.”
Coun Cullen added: “As we now, finally, press forward into delivering these first steps of educational and leisure improvements, we must continue the fight for investment in other areas where skills need to be brought in line with those of neighbouring areas.”