£75,000 cam­paign to keep baths afloat

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A MA­JOR fundrais­ing cam­paign to keep a his­toric Ed­war­dian swim­ming baths afloat has been launched.

The Mose­ley Road Baths Ac­tion Group is set to take over the Mose­ley Road Baths from Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil from April and needs £75,000 to train staff.

The fu­ture of the 1907 grade II-listed pool in Bal­sall Heath has been in doubt for many years, with the coun­cil un­able to meet the high main­te­nance and run­ning costs.

It was orig­i­nally due to be closed when the new Sparkhill Pool opened.

But the Ac­tion Group, with the sup­port of His­toric Eng­land, the National Trust and World Mon­u­ments Fund, came up with a res­cue plan.

As well as keep­ing the ex­ist­ing sec­ond pool op­er­at­ing, the group hopes to raise the funds to fix and re-open other parts of the build­ing, in­clud­ing its Gala Pool, which closed in 2003.

Group chair­man Karen Leach said: “The sup­port from lo­cal peo­ple has been amaz­ing. Our busi­ness plan shows that a com­mu­nity-run pool will be able to keep it­self afloat but like many busi­nesses we just need some seed fund­ing to get going. So we are now ask­ing our friends and sup­port­ers lo­cally, across the city and fur­ther afield to do­nate what­ever they can to save this much-loved com­mu­nity and her­itage as­set.”

The city coun­cil last month agreed to keep the pool open un­til April 2018 to al­low the group time to se­cure fund­ing and put the busi­ness plan in place. They need to en­sure they can cover the ba­sic run­ning costs of the build­ing while seek­ing the es­ti­mated £23 mil­lion to fully re­store the build­ing to its for­mer glory.


Brum­mie com­edy char­ac­ter Bar­bara Nice kick-started the cam­paign to keep the grade II-listed Mose­ley Road Baths, in Bal­sall Heath open

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