One of the key things I want to do as a Councillor is to ensure that the Bristol North Baths is fully completed to the benefit of the whole community. I have been given the following update which I’m able to share with you:
- Since taking over the site, the Council has been conducting a technical review to ensure that what’s been built conforms to the planning application. This has involved speaking with the many different contractors involved and was delayed by Chatsworth Homes going into administration.
- The focus is on completing the new build (the flats, library, car park and public toilet). A contractor for this will be appointed mid-June with work starting in July for completion in October.
- Completion of the old building (medical practice, hydrotherapy and physiotherapy functions) is dependant on tenants being signed up before work can begin.
- Negotiations are ongoing with the Bishopston Medical Practice.
- The scheme, once complete, will cost approximately £5 million to the Council. This will be fully recouped through tenants at the Baths and sale of Cheltenham Road Library. Any surplus will go towards the Council’s affordable housing budget.
I am optimistic that the current plan will ensure the most timely completion of the new build works, and I hope that an agreement can be made with the Medical Practice to allow completion of the old building works. I will continue to monitor the progress of the works on the site and will update the community as often as possible.
If you would like to know more, including to be sent a copy of the full briefing text which I took those points from, then please email me at cllr.tom.brook[at]bristol.gov.uk