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Cabinet to consider Byrne Avenue Baths sell-off tonight
PLANS for the sale of Rock Ferry's Byrne Avenue baths complex will be considered by Wirral councillors tonight.
A report before the ruling cabinet will recommend retaking possession of the building from Byrne Avenue Community Trust, (BACT) and putting it for sale on the market.
The trust says it is "vehemently opposed" to the move and wants cabinet members to reject the recommendation.
The group is planning to make a bid for Heritage Lottery funding that, if successful, would be used to help re-open the building in stages.
Staff and swimmers were notified of the closedown by a notice pinned to the baths' door in 2009. A community group was formed to take-over the running of the complex, but as yet it has been unable to raise enough cash to re-open it.
The trust's plan was to match £350,000 of funding pledged by the local authority towards restoring the Byrne Avenue as a community centre run by local people.
Trust member John Kelly said: "To sell and demolish a building in an area like this is entirely the wrong thing to do."
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