The new pool was to be built as part of a package including a new school
Hopes of a new public swimming pool being built in Bridgwater have suffered a serious setback after councillors refused permission for the plan.
Somerset County Council made the decision after concerns over traffic congestion and access were raised by the Highways Agency.
"It's very disappointing," said Ann Bown, of Sedgemoor District Council.
"This was the chance for Bridgwater to have a brand new swimming pool." The old pool was closed on 30 August.
The new swimming pool would have been built next to a new school using money from the government's building schools for the future initiative.
Ms Bown said: "I do feel very strongly that we can work though these highways problems because there's one thing I wouldn't want and that's no swimming pool for people in Bridgwater in future."