Want to splash out on town’s old pool?

The former Brighouse swimming pool
The former Brighouse swimming pool

THE former Brighouse swimming pool and two adjoining car parks will go on the market.

After seeking legal advice Calderdale Council has decided that the land, which is surplus to requirements, will be put up for sale.

A council spokesman said: “The council has a legal obligation to get the best possible price for Brighouse pool and the way to do that is by placing it on the open market.”

An advertising campaign will be launched in the next couple of weeks when details will be finalised.

The decision was made in March to sell-off the property in Mill Royd Street after an offer was received from Brighouse businessman Bill Ibberson and his company Younger Homes which owns the neighbouring former Sugden’s flour mill.

Mr Ibberson was also interested in purchasing Daisy Street car park but it was decided that this was still required.

On the advice of economy and environment spokesman Calderdale councillor Barry Collins, the council decided to get two independent valuations for the site.

The decision was then made to put the former pool on the open market - news this week that has been welcomed by Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind).

“I think that if it is going on the open market we have got to secure the best price we can,” he said.

“I would like to see the money ring-fenced for Brighouse projects.

“I think as the building itself was built by the people of Brighouse the pool does belong to them and it should benefit the town.”

Meanwhile the Brighouse pool and fitness centre in Bradford Road - opened in October last year to replace the 98-year-old baths at Mill Royd Street - has been voted the best community building in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards.

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