The Labour Party candidate in the Crewe West by-election, Connor Naismith, has launched a campaign to “build and harness support” for proposals to regenerate Flag Lane baths in Crewe.
The art-deco building, originally opened in the 1930s, has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years as it lies unused. There have been recent incidents of vandalism, littering and other anti-social behaviour.
However, proposals have been developed to transform the space into a community hub with meeting space for local groups, arts and performance space, a café an outdoor splash park and other facilities.
Now Mr Naismith is asking residents to support his call for all parties to “avoid delay” and ‘begin work on the site at the earliest opportunity by signing an online petition. He said:
It is a travesty that a building containing so many fond memories for so many residents has been reduced to it’s current state. I know that Councillor Brian Roberts was really passionate about this project before he passed away last year and I am proud to be continuing that support in his memory. The current proposals are really exciting for the local area and I want to see them given the security they need by an end to the delay.
Crewe South Labour Councillor Laura Smith has also supported the project in recent years. She said:
I first became involved in supporting this project when I was the Member of Parliament for Crewe and Nantwich and ever since then I have been struck by it’s potential. It can breathe new life into this building and this area, providing a really unique space for families in Crewe and Nantwich and further afield to come and enjoy themselves. Crewe both needs and deserves the various regeneration projects, including this one, to proceed without delay.