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Charity urges Nottingham residents to go for a swim

News that the closure of Nottingham's Victoria Baths has been postponed to allow for more public consultation on the future of the leisure centre has been welcomed by the Victorian Society, which hopes that Nottingham residents will turn out in force to show their support for the historic pool.

A vigorous local campaign prompted Nottingham City Council to abandon plans to shut the 1896 pool on Gedling Street for good this Easter and to pledge to consider refurbishing it instead of razing it to the ground. Now, with 9 months of public consultation ahead, campaigners are urging local people to use the centre regularly and bump up visitor numbers to ensure that the Victorian pool by Arthur Brown stays at the heart of the community for many years to come.

'It's time for Nottingham residents to vote with their feet,' said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘It's great news that the Council has postponed the closure of Victoria Baths, but this is only a temporary measure. It could all come to nothing if people don't show their support for the leisure centre.'

She continued: ‘Pools like Victoria Baths contribute so much to the character of their local areas. They were built to be used and enjoyed and that really is the best way of looking after them. We urge everyone in Nottingham to take a dip this spring and help keep this much-loved piece of local history going for another 110 years.'

 

Thursday 20 March, 2008

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