Bramley Baths set to reopen today

David Wilford, the Chief Executive of the Baths has only been in the role for a month.

However, he said he has been able to implement ‘five important steps’ to keep the public safe and the baths has now beaten their expected opening date.

David Wilford said: “It’s been an interesting first month in the job for me!

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A swimmer at Bramley Baths.

“Although I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I found I was working with people who had tremendous enthusiasm for the Baths and in my first few weeks I have been able to put in place five important steps to keeping the public safe and we are now able to open ahead of our original target date.”

Local Councillor Caroline Gruen said she is is delighted both at the re-opening and the fact that people who have been kind enough to help the Baths through this period of uncertainty by signing up as a Friend of the Baths.

Those who have donated have been invited in early for a free swim.

Councillor Gruen hopes that once the Baths are open, lots of people will be back for their regular swim.

Safety measures put in place should keep everyone healthy and well while accessing the building and pool, the councillor added.

Councillor Caroline Gruen, the Vice Chair of the Bramley Baths Board said: “We are absolutely delighted to have reached the point at which we can offer this beautiful, historic facility to the public once again.

“It has been a long hard struggle financially, and the Board has worked amazingly hard to keep us financially afloat and ensure that all our staff keep their jobs.

“I would like to thank all the staff, all members of the Board and our amazing new Chief Executive, David Wilford, who between them have worked miracles to keep our lovely Baths safe.”

The Right Honourable John Battle, Chair of the Board added: “As the leader of the first campaign to save the Baths, which was originally a Council Baths, by making it a community run service, I have seen it go from strength to strength.

“We had established a really successful, friendly, popular Baths, and then the pandemic happened.

“So I am doubly pleased that due to the commitment of everyone at the Baths and the loyalty shown by our Friends and members, we have pulled through and saved the Baths a second time.”

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Laura Collins

Yorkshire Evening Post