Stirchley Baths is set to rise like a phoenix this November
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- Published: Sunday, 30 August 2015 17:49
- Written by Nigel Dawkins
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It is now over 25 years since the Stirchley baths was closed by a Labour Council. Abandoned and left for dead. A derelict eyesore and an embarrassment to the residents of Stirchley.
In those 25 years there have been many occasions when it came perilously close to being demolished. The Previous Labour MP and the then Labour councillors had shamefully tried to have it demolished and have housing built on the site.
However thanks to a 20 year campaign, led by Nigel Dawkins and supported by Stirchley residents, the building stands ready to reopen and rise like a phoenix this autumn. No longer an eyesore but a wonderful facility that will bring pride back to Stirchley.
For 12 years as a local councillor Nigel tirelessly campaigned for its restoration and persuaded both the Council and Tesco that this building could become the new community centre for Stirchley. Together they eventually succeeded in identifying the multi million pound budget needed to achieve this restoration.
It has been a long struggle but the end is now in sight. The reopening of the Stirchley Baths in November provides a marvellous example to us all what can be achieved, against the odds