Councillors to decide future of Sutton baths

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NMAC10-1488-1''Sutton Former Sutton Baths

COUNCIL leaders are meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the future of the Sutton Pools Complex and Brook Street Hall.

The complex has been empty since the Lammas Leisure Centre opened in 2008 and last night, members of Ashfield District Council’s cabinet were expected to approve plans to demolish it to make way for development.

Officials say that the building has been a magnet for vandalism and that it costs the authority around £45,000 a year.

They want to demolish it so that the site can be used for affordable housing.

The historic façade, which dates back to 1924, is expected to be saved and used in any future development and the council also wants to work with groups to create a heritage facility in Ashfield.

Discussions have been underway with the Fresh Fields group, which had wanted to convert Brook Street Hall into a community centre and museum.

Meanwhile, a campaign group called Save Sutton Baths from Demolition also submitted a 306-signature petition to the council.

Kevin Acton, from the campaign group, said: “We are still hoping that it can be saved.

“People want it to be saved - there is a lot of interest.”

Mr Acton said that the site had not only hosted celebrities such as Eric Clapton, it was important in the general social life of the town.

He also says student builders in the town could help renovate it for future generations.

For a report on the decision see and next week’s Chad.