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We played round this place as kids and actually called it the Roman baths, though later we knew different. The main point of interest as kids was the dam/pond behind the spa where we would fish or just jump in and get dirty. We would follow the stream down the valley, there was a well about halfway down to the Carr Forge Dam where we would swim or float about in tin baths.

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It has just been brought to my attention that Sheffield council are about to sell Birley Spa with a guide price of £75,000 to £100,000. Personally I think this is wrong and have signed the petition to that effect. A couple of links below --------  https://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=11908770#post11908770   ----------   https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-sheffield-city-council-don-t-sell-off-birley-spa-bath-house  ------------  https://www.briefreport.co.uk/news/calls-to-protect-victorian-bath-house-as-it-is-put-up-for-sale-5798603.html ------------ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-45059591  --------------

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Absolutely disgraceful and setting the morality of this aside for a minute, who at the council set that guide price? Do they not know the current value of land and real estate and despite the location, it has to be worth 5x that?! Another example of ratepayers assets being sold off for buttons and the council patting each other on the back, congratulating one another on the successful liquidation of our heritage.

You wait and see. In 12 months time, they will be ‘luxury character apartments, with immense charm and retaining many original features”. Carved up into 5 or more units, yours for offers in excess of £200K each...... you do the maths.

These council wallah’s need their bumps felt!..... 

........ where do I sign?!

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At a time when local authorities are having to make difficult decisions on account of  Central budget cuts, the sale of properties are helping stave off cuts to vital, statutory services .This is becoming an all too familiar occurrence ...throughout the country...and is NOT just a Sheffield problem... even Conservative controlled Councils are feeling the pinch as witness the virtual bankruptcy of Northamptonshire CC.which has dipped into its reserves to such an extent they are almost exhausted.

The baths were in a state of semi ruin and neglect until  fairly recently after receiving a grant for renovation... but on my few visits I have never seen them open., in fact, I was told they were closed and needed money spending on maintaining the old building.

The valuation is based on the severe development restrictions a grade11 listed building incurs... Were we to live in a nation with a Government which allowed Local authorities to sensitively develop such assets than we might all benefit but, alas, that is no longer permissible.

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9 hours ago, RLongden said:

where do I sign?!

Sign here      ---------   https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-sheffield-city-council-don-t-sell-off-birley-spa-bath-house    ------------- as for the valuation, If what I have read is correct, half a million was spent on this place in 2002, what kind of thinking is it that after what must have been a major renovation, no provision was made for (cheap) maintenance.

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That date seems right, as I clearly remember holding our son’s 5th birthday party there in 2003 and found I still, had the video, so spent a few happy minutes reminiscing over that.

Anyway, as I recall, the place had just been refurbished top to bottom, inside and out, so was in good condition then. I was lucky enough to have a tour of the bath house around that time, as my mum was involved with the people who had something to do with the place..... Frank Coupe, I think was the name of the chap. Local historian, passionate about the local heritage and I think he was a town crier or something too?

So even with Grade II listed status (with or without the ‘*’), with an little bit of ingenuity and a talented architect, I doubt they would have much trouble getting through planning / English Heritage or whoever and be able to make a handsome profit on that investment?

Whether the developments would deter the local idiots and graffiti artists from ransacking the building and grounds is another matter, but surely that in itself would be a good thing? It would only need some lunatic pyromaniac to set the place alight and then all this would be academic. It would be ruined, bulldozed and be a small housing estate in less than 5 years!?!

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For anyone who hasn't received the emails or news there is an update on the sale at this link and it is not good news, please can anyone who has not signed now think about doing so.      -------------           https://www.change.org/p/13408180/u/23147710?utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_update&utm_campaign=402846&sfmc_tk=8%2bK7I8FzmP8%2fYMlrlJtyWXPWQtmEM6%2bEn0vtNpRMP6e2iICmD5TG14apyQGatse4&j=402846&sfmc_sub=281019368&l=32_HTML&u=65027631&mid=7259882&jb=1

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