Moseley Road Baths in Balsall Heath, Birmingham is a well loved and used Edwardian Swimming Pool of huge historical and architectural significance. Pool 2 is used all week round by the whole community (timetable here), whilst the Gala Pool has been closed since August 2003.
The Moseley Road Baths Coalition is delighted that Birmingham City Council has taken the decision to keep Moseley Road Baths open for swimming until the end of March 2018.
The decision to keep the building open for swimming gives the Coalition, working together with Birmingham City Council, time to develop an alternative way of keeping the pool open (either through transferring operations to a Community Interest Company or via another operator), and to work on plans to bring all of the building back to life – a complex task which will require significant investment, given the scale and complexity of the backlog of conservation and building works required.
The Friends of Moseley Road Baths believe that closure of the building for swimming would be bad news for swimmers, especially for schools who are required to provide lessons for pupils. It would be a disaster for the local community who are concerned about a derelict building standing in the heart of their community. It would be poor planning in an area with some of the worst statistics for childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We are now working to ensure that swimming provision is at the heart of any future plans for the building.
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