A proposal to reopen a mothballed Aberdeen swimming pool has been thrown out.
City councillors agreed a feasibility study be carried out to look at temporarily reopening Hazlehead Pool, which closed in August 2016.
In a report, officers said an inspection of the pool had been completed, identifying potential costs of up to £400,000 to see it reopened with “no budget” in place for the move.
Convener of the city growth and resources committee Douglas Lumsden said: “It’s quite clear from the report that the cost to bring the pool back into use is considerable and it’s money that’s not been identified at present.
“It’s regrettable that it’s not feasible to commit any more money to this.
“For years we have been the lowest-funded council in Scotland and we have got to be careful on how we spend that.”
Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Greig, who represents the area, had tabled an amendment to reopen the pool, subject to officers undertaking a further investigation to identify funding.
However, this was defeated five votes to four in favour of taking no further action on the future of the pool.
Mr Greig said he was “very disappointed” on behalf of the community.
He added: “Residents are fed-up of being snubbed and taken for granted.
“Some areas of the city are seeing new facilities and enhancements yet our community is seeing closures and deterioration.
“The needs of residents are being ignored. Hazlehead Academy has been forced to abandon its swimming curriculum.
“Local people, sports groups and others from far afield have been deprived of a crucial public service.”
Hazlehead Pool, formerly run by Sport Aberdeen, was one of two community swimming facilities axed in August 2016 by the then Labour-led council.
Around £3 million has been set aside for a revamp of Northfield Pool, which is also closed but is expected to reopen in 18 months’ time.
In their report, officers said works to reopen Hazlehead would take between six and nine months, depending on how quickly feasibility could be progressed.
It added that at the time of closure the pool cost around £240,000, with an annual income of £71,000, creating a deficit of £169,000.
Since that time, officers said the council would have to pay Sport Aberdeen to run the facility on their behalf on the basis the local authority covers a projected deficit cost of £200,000 a year.