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Cllrs Wendy Taylor, Greg Stone support Turkish Baths campaign

December 13, 2014 8:44 PM

We continue to investigate possibilities for re-opening Newcastle Turkish Baths with £10K pre-feasibility Grant Award

Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group are continuing to undertaking our pre-feasibility research and business planning to look into options for re-opening Turkish Baths thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Social Investment Business that we received in August this year. We have until February 2015 to complete our research and business case.

We are delighted to be working with experts from Jesmond Community Leisure using their knowledge and experience to help drawn up a new business plan and options for an independently run Turkish Baths to present to Newcastle City Council, as the Council considers their options for the whole building. We are also supported by our regional advisor from Locality, a network for community organisations giving advice on social action, community enterprise and community asset ownership.

The grant will also help us to assess the current state of the building and decide what work would need to be done to reopen the Turkish Baths to the public. We are also researching other similar Turkish Baths and leisure facilities around the country that have moved from council operation to other trust, independent and community operating models and have also met regularly with Newcastle City Council about their plans for the future of the site.

It is understood that Newcastle City Council had been in discussion with various organisations to take over all or part of the City Pool and City Hall building, with the priority of maintaining the City Hall, although they are no longer in active discussions with any of these organisations.

Although we understand Newcastle City Council's resources are restricted, we have been investigating models from around the country of other similar leisure facilities that have been successfully kept open through different business models. We are optimistic that we can find a plan that would enable Newcastle Turkish Baths to re-open and be affordable and accessible.

We hope that we can make a strong case to present to Newcastle City Council and be part of their future plans for the building. Newcastle Turkish Baths are one of only a very few remaining original Turkish Baths in the country and we are keen to do everything to have this much loved and greatly missed facility re-opened for the benefit of residents and visitors to Newcastle.

We are calling for any organisations that may have an interest in helping to re-open the Turkish Baths or in putting forward a proposal for another part of the building to come forward so we can look at possible collaborations.

We also welcome individuals to show their support and help in the planning process. Anyone you know who may be interested can also join this mailing list by emailingSaveNewcastleTurkishBaths@gmail.com or following Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths on facebook and using the sign-up button on our facebook page to sign up to the mailing list.

We hope to hold a public update meeting in the New Year and will let you know the dates.

Have a very festive season

All at Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group

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