However, recognising the objections, the group changing rooms will be single-sex changing for those that don’t want to use the unisex village.

Due to start in spring, the pool is expected to be shut for three months while work takes place.

The most eye-catching aspect of the refurbishment is a new £289,000 climbing wall in the foyer.

Four out of five people who were consulted were in favour of the scheme. In total 104 questionnaires were completed. The leisure centre gets around 1,600 visitors a day.