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Plan For Wombwell Swimming Baths Revealed

Tuesday May 29 2012

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

Kelvin Shaw has applied for planning permission 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.

The report submitted to the council said: "Provision of the new gymnasium is to create a modern and upmarket facility to cater for local people who require the latest In equipment and technology.

"It is common knowledge that nationally there is a lack of social housing, this proposal would enhance the delivery of well presented affordable properties to the Wombwell area."

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 Josh Mufasa Slack on Tuesday May 29 2012 at 10:17
Dibs on a flat.

Reply Posted by Jacksonjamie on Tuesday May 29 2012 at 10:22
Hough Lane, not road... and ANOTHER gym?!

Reply Posted by Superrreds2008 on Tuesday May 29 2012 at 11:22
All ready got 3 gym's in wombwell should have kept it as a local swimming baths

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Tuesday May 29 2012 at 11:33
Its not about the gym is it, 81,000 to put 7 apartments in, value them at around 70,000-90,000 and the gym will probably not materialise, however the apartments will net at a tidy profit for the developers to rent back to the council or sell on. Another council fire sale by the looks of it.

Reply Posted by Gerbil831959 on Tuesday May 29 2012 at 21:54
i can remember learning to swim there from school many years ago ( late 60`s early 70`s ?0

Reply Posted by Sallottwelland on Tuesday June 5 2012 at 09:10
He is a bloody good landlord, he owns my house

Reply Posted by Sallottwelland on Tuesday June 5 2012 at 09:12
 Ihope this works for Kelvin, he is our landlord, he is a local guy and works hard at sorting problems his tennants may have. GOOD LUCK KELVIN

Reply Posted by Moe on Tuesday June 5 2012 at 20:52
If it can be a Gym and flats what is wrong with it still being a swimming pool ?????????? . for some of us it has Happy Memoriesas both that and the Dances  like has been stayted its just for some one to get money not help Wombwell. dose any one agree?