Plea to business chiefs to save Doncaster’s ailing St James’ baths

St James' baths in Doncaster

St James' baths in Doncaster

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A campaigner bidding to save Doncaster’s crumbling St James’ baths has called on the town’s business bosses to provide the £2 million needed.

The pool in Waterdale faces an uncertain future with the doors currently shut indefinitely unless cash can be found to repair the venue which has suffered serious structural damage over the last few months.

Now gym user Sheila Seymour is calling on people to join her bid to save the baths and is asking local trade chiefs to chip in with funds.

She said: “The closure of the baths has devastated me and many others.

“We were one big happy family down there and I think it would be a crying shame if this building were lost.

“It is an important building for the people of Doncaster and there must be someone with the cash to save it.”

Doncaster Council and Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust have said funds are not available to save the Grade II listed pool which opened in 1932, once hosted a concert by The Beatles, and is one of the only remaining original Turkish baths in the country.

It first closed earlier this year after part of the ceiling collapsed, then reopened. But further structural faults were discovered and extensive surveys of the building have now deemed it unsafe.

Staff have been transferred to other leisure centres in Doncaster while customers have been forced to find alternative gyms and pools.

Mrs Seymour added: “I don’t want to go to other places.

“I think that St James is a big part of Doncaster’s history and really needs to be saved.

“We certainly don’t have the funds but I think the council must have the money, whatever they say.”

She added: “Surely some of the money that came in for the Leger could be used?”

Anyone who can help with money or would like to join the campaign can contact Mrs Seymour on 07742 758146.