Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Council issues response to Ladywell Baths ('Playtower') petition

The Ladywell Baths - in their former glory
In an undated response on its Petitions webpage the Council has given the following, somewhat minimalist, response to the community petition that secured 914 signatures earlier this year.
We understand the importance of Ladywell Playtower (the former Victorian Baths on Ladywell Road) and the contribution it makes to the local area’s character and welcome the community interest in preserving this heritage asset.
The building has fallen into disrepair and requires significant investment, particularly after major setbacks such as the 2005 fire.
We have already taken steps to slow down the deterioration of the buildings.  With the support of English Heritage in 2012 we replaced the roof and made the building water tight.
But much more investment is needed before the building could be made useable again.
In the coming months the Council will invite prospective partners to assist with developing a vision and raising funds for the restoration of this Grade II listed local landmark.
Robert Sheppard