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Keep swimming at Bramley Baths!

That’s the message from the Victorian Society as council cuts cause reduced opening hours at the Grade II-listed pool.

Leeds City Council proposes to significantly reduce the opening hours at the Grade II-listed baths on Broad Lane in Bramley as part of a wider plan to cut 3000 council jobs in the city and save £90 million.

'Now is the time to become a regular swimmer at Bramley Baths', said Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society. 'The next couple of years are going to be crucial in the life of this pool. The council will be looking to make more savings and the attendance figures for Bramley Baths must be high if it is going to survive.'

The number of swimmers using the baths has already dropped by almost a third since the Armley Leisure Centre opened last year.

Bramley Baths was restored in 1992 and it is the last survivor of eight public baths built in Leeds between 1899 and 1904.

'We are delighted that the council has so far shown a commitment to this historic pool by keeping it open, albeit on reduced hours, when two other pools in Leeds will close as part of the cuts. But Bramley Baths desperately needs support and regular swimmers, to demonstrate to the City Council that this rare survivor is valued.'

There are more than 50 listed Victorian and Edwardian pools in the country but only 14 remain in use and open to the public for swimming.

England's oldest listed pool

England's oldest listed swimming pool in which it is still possible to swim, is also facing closure.  Tunstall Pool is more than 120 years old and is still open to the public, but it has been included in a list of possible cuts published by Stoke-on-Trent City council. 

The measures are set to be approved at a full council meeting taking place on Thursday 24th February.  

Local campaigners have presented the council with a petition of more than 3000 signatures, calling on the local authority to save the pool.

Thursday 17 February, 2011

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