Pool is set to dive into expansion project

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PLANS are being drawn up for an extension to Chapeltown Baths as it marks its 50th anniversary.

Volunteer directors are aim to create a new and bigger gym, dance/community/sports studio, café and reception area to the premises off Burncross Road.

“If we can raise the funds, the plans will help us deliver more services whilst creating further income streams and employment opportunities, which will secure the facility’s future,” said Kath Burgess, who chairs the not-for-profit business.

Some of the community pool’s funds come from the city council and are likely to be cut next year.

Another grant comes from Ecclesfield Parish Council.

However, money has been raised for a feasibility study on the extension proposals and Bond Bryan Architects have drawn up details.

Meanwhile, anniversary celebrations continue tomorrow (Friday) with the unveiling of a poolside hoist for disabled swimmers, 50 years to the day that the baths were opened to the public.

The opening will be carried out by Kath Burgess, Jonathan Jones, who chairs Ecclesfield Parish Council, and Margot Jackson of NHS Sheffield.

In a two-year project, funds have come from Let’s Change4Life, Sheffield Town Trust, the Landfill Communities Fund and the parish council with support from High Hopes Community Group.