Community pool to sink into history in leisure shake-up

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Chapeltown Baths are set to close once a new swimming pool is built at High Green - with the backing of the local community trust.

The city council considered redeveloping the Chapeltown site for a new pool for the north of Sheffield, partly financed by the Government’s ‘Olympic legacy’ fund, but decided the site was too small and would not offer value for money.

Instead, a £7m development, including a community gym, dance studio and health consultation rooms, will go on part of Thorncliffe recreation ground, off Pack Horse Lane.

Chapeltown Baths have been open for 52 years, for 17 years run by Chapeltown Baths Community Business.

Kath Burgess, who chairs the community business, said: “The board believe that this is a one-off and wonderful opportunity for the community and will ensure there is swimming provision for future generations.”

The city council is due to pay around one third of the High Green construction costs, then to meet annual running costs, part offset by transferring its subsidy from Chapeltown.

The new pool, due to open in the second half of 2015, will replace Stocksbridge and Chapeltown pools and will cost the council about 20% of the combined running costs of the two centres.

The project, part of Sheffield’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, has the “strong” support of Ecclesfield Parish Council.