The decision to replace Downside Community Centre has been upheld despite a fiery debate at a Dunstable Town Council meeting on Monday.
The council decided in 2011 that the centre was to be demolished to make way for a social housing ‘extension’ to the Downside estate consisting of 37 homes.
Councillors Roger Pepworth, Julian Murray and Neal Reynolds gave speeches at the meeting and voted to keep the community centre standing.
Mr Reynolds said: “The Tory stranglehold on Dunstable Town Council needs to be broken before they do much more damage to communities such as the Manshead Ward which I am proud to be an independent councillor for.
A council spokesman said: “The decision taken was that the disposal exercise will continue, but we will try to introduce some appropriate community space when the opportunity arises.”
The plans will also include improved park facilities. The spokesman added: “It will eventually be a very attractive park. Some people may argue that will be more popular than the community centre.
“One or two of our councillors are not happy, but when the decision was taken in 2011 there were no objections.”
A planning application will be submitted “very shortly”, but a sale of the building has not been finalised.