Posted on August 12, 2008. Filed under: News |

The queue outside the baths

The queue outside the baths

There was a huge turnout for the Bournville Lane Baths open day, with queues stretching all the way up the street.

The numbers of people just go to show how much interest and affection there is for the derelict baths. It would be wonderful to see this fine building restored but local residents need to ask themselves what price they are willing to pay for this to happen.

Our councillors tell us that this is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ and imply that this is only possible by welcoming a large developer such as Tesco. However, a massive supermarket will also bring more congestion, more pollution and more shop closures. Tesco themselves predict that the Co-op would lose around 40% of its business. It’s hard to imagine that Co-op could survive such a downturn and the store would therefore close, transferring the dereliction from one side of the Pershore Road to the other.

It’s also worth remembering that although Stirchley would be getting a brand new community  centre it is ultimately only a replacement for what already exists. The chronic lack of facilities in the area would only be marginally improved. Moreover, anyone who peeked inside the baths today and dreamt of seeing the historic interior restored would have been sadly mistaken. Only the facade and the chimney would remain and everything else would be demolished.

As for the money it is simply not true that only a company like Tesco can provide it. Funds for regeneration exist at a local, national and EU level and there are examples all over the country where imaginative partnerships have brought real improvements for communities. What Stirchley needs is commitment from the council and a vision that doesn’t depend on being bailed out by Tesco’s deep pockets. In fact the dereliction has only been exacerbated by wrangling over the development site. It is Tesco who have fenced off the site and boarded up houses, while parcels of land are also owned by Co-op and Sainsbury. Imagine what could have been possible if this land had been free for developments that the community actually needs?

We believe that the council should reconsider and finally give Stirchley the attention it so badly requires. Our councillors have now received the results from the public consultation we held in July and hopefully it will give them food for thought. Whatever they decided to do now will define Stirchley for the next fifty years. Yes, it would be great to see the baths restored but we believe that the people of Stirchley deserve much, much more

Soon to be lost? Inside the baths

Soon to be lost? Inside the baths



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The baths were reopened at the request of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and for that reason only.
I (pete walker, Chairman) informed the birmingham mail of what was happening, as we only 30-40 regular members who meet every second monday of the month, I thought it would be nice include as many as Stirchley residents as posible, the result was 286 folk were let in and a good few were turned away, this has resulted in another oppertunity on the 12th september between 11am and 12 noon.
As a forum, we recently visited Nechells baths (now a community centre) to see the comparison.

The interest in the baths and the interest in the future of Stirchley is a great thing and shows there is a community in the area. We need to become more active together, use the resources like the forum\message board at stirchley.co.uk to talk and come up with a united voice with which to make ourselves heard on things like this affecting us all.

Tesco must take much of the blame for trashing Moseley village in the 1980s and 1990s.

They moved in over local opposition. Their presence decimated the local ecology of small shopkeepers. Then, at the first economic downturn, they shut the supermarket and ran away.

Moseley took a further 10 years to recover from the Tesco effect. Even then, it’s be derailed into a mainly pub culture that has grown up to fill the vaccuum created by Tesco.

Please lets not make the same mistake, Stirchely

ithink its disgusting that the baths in stirchley has been left like this with places like nechells having new ones why cant we i learnt to swim there many years ago and so did my younger brother. so can we please see some development with it please thanks

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