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Wombwell Swimming Baths Plan Approved

Wednesday September 12 2012

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WOMBWELL Swimming Baths will be converted into a community gym with seven apartments above it, We Are Barnsley can reveal.

Kelvin Shaw was given planning permission from the council for the redevelopment of the controversial building - which was sold off at auction for £81,000 last year, despite a community campaign to try to save it.

The main area of the old swimming baths, on the ground floor, would be converted into a high tech gym that would be open to the community with access from Hough Lane.

Meanwhile, the first floor will be converted into four two bedroom and three one bedroom apartments, each of which will have their own garages as the developer also plans to convert the outbuildings.

Hundreds of people signed petitions to try to keep the baths open – and, after crisis meetings with the council, had been looking into proposals to save it, with the possibility of it being community-managed being considered.

But it emerged that it would cost too much to bring the building up to scratch and the decision-making cabinet ruled in favour of selling it off.

* Pic: Last year, campaigners fought to keep the swimming baths open *

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Reply Posted by Wendy on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 15:02
regrettably no swimming baths - nearest one for our children in Darfield ? bet its not like nipping out for 70 bus "up Wombwell" for after school swim - nothing stays the same especially here in the forgotten village of Darfield . No pool, no playing fields soon , no green belt , no work for our young people - ah well !!!! and we just have to accept it coz of the cuts !!!!

Reply Posted by Future Mayoress on Wednesday September 12 2012 at 21:04
There are playing fields in Darfield at the back of our house and they are used constantly. Darfield is a commuter village. Times do change I'm afraid.

Reply Posted by Tracey Whitehead on Friday September 14 2012 at 19:50
can anyone tell me when the gym will be open please. As i thinking of joining it. x