Plans to demolish Sutton baths withdrawn

Jason Zadrozny at Sutton  Baths.
Jason Zadrozny at Sutton Baths.

AN APPLICATION to demolish Sutton Pools Complex and Brook Street Hall has been withdrawn by council chiefs, it was revealed this week.

In June, members of Ashfield District Council’s cabinet approved a controversial decision to knock down the historic building so that 18 new council houses could be built.

As part of the scheme, the authority had to submit a notification to its own planning officers to demolish it - but this has now been withdrawn.

On Friday, a spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that the application was withdrawn so that further consideration could be given to the restoration of the site. A further planning application will be submitted in due course.”

Coun Jason Zadrozny had referred the demolition notice to the council’s planning committee because of the interest in the community.

He said: “I called it in so instead of an officer deciding, it is heard in public and the public can speak at it. It’s about transparency.”

He said that he did not think the building should be demolished. “I don’t think we have explored every option for what we could do with it,” he said.

He added that the council could work with community groups to secure funding to restore the complex.

Despite the cabinet’s original decision, campaigners are continuing the fight to save the building.

Darron Ellis, from the Fresh Fields Project, says that the group is exploring funding streams and pledges to help have been pouring in.

He added that the group was prepared to work with councillors - but he did not want to bring party politics into it.