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Birmingham City Council

Newtown Baths to re-open

Newtown Baths to re-open

Newtown Baths will re-open to the public early next year after funding was secured for vital restoration and repairs.

And plans for a new pool will be incorporated in the second phase of Birmingham City Council’s ambitious community pools programme.

Newtown Pool has been closed since May when repairs revealed asbestos in the ceiling and roof.

Now, following extensive structural surveys, the £140,000 project to safely remove the asbestos and provide new structural supports has been given the go-ahead.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture, said: “Re-opening this pool is a major boost and this terrific news clearly demonstrates our commitment to community pools here in Birmingham.

“We have an ambitious long-term goal for new community pools across the city but we know the importance of keeping existing facilities open in the meantime.

“I’ve worked closely with my cabinet colleague Cllr Ayoub Khan to secure funding for the repair work and further down the line we can look at plans for a new pool.”

Cllr Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety, added: “This is a vital facility for the people of Aston, so I’m delighted the pool will re-open early next year.”

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For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

  • Category: Local Services
  • Reference number: null
  • Issue date: 27 October 2009