Developer in bid for old baths

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THE disposal of the redundant Brighouse Swimming Pool will be discussed by councillors on Monday.

Brighouse businessman Bill Ibberson has made an offer for the site at Mill Royd Street and neighbouring car parks.

His company, Younger Homes, owns the neighbouring Sugden’s flour mill site and has said the intention was to develop a health centre, shopping centre and retirement village in the area.

Younger Homes wants to buy the pool, which was closed in 2006, and two small car parks attached to it which are considered surplus to requirements.

But the council’s cabinet will be told by officers the company’s offer for the Daisy Street car park and land at the junction of Briggate/Bridge End should not be included in any deal. If the cabinet agrees to sell the pool and adjoining car parks it is likely to seek two independent valuations to secure the best price.

Ward councillors also want to retain parking at Daisy Street.

Coun Joyce Cawthra (Con) said she had consulted widely.

“None of the people I have spoken to or received communication from has wanted to see the car park closed,” she said.

Coun Howard Blagbrough (Con) said he was keen to see regeneration and would want adequate parking in place.

“I am in favour of further talks to ensure we have closure on this issue which has thus so far prevented development,” he said.