Ripon Spa Baths gets date to reopen in May
Apr 30, 2021
Photo of Ripon's Spa Baths
Ripon Spa Baths

Harrogate Borough Council has confirmed that Ripon Spa Baths will reopen to the public on May 14.

The council posted on its Twitter account that the pool would be open for lane swimming and family sessions two weeks today.

It said the sessions must be pre-booked and can only be 45 minutes long.

Earlier this month, Councillor Stanley Lumley, cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, had said he hoped to open Ripon Spa Baths and Starbeck Baths in May.

Neither pool reopened on April 12, when covid regulations allowed. The council said this was due to staff shortages and difficulties around social distancing.

Its other pools, including the Harrogate Hydro and Nidderdale Pool, reopened this month. Knaresborough Pool remains closed for urgent repairs.

Ripon city councillors had campaigned for Ripon Spa Baths to be saved after ‘for sale’ boards went up in March and questions were raised over the future of Starbeck Baths when it remained closed.

Cllr Lumley has previously said Starbeck’s pool would be opened “very soon after” Ripon Spa Baths, but the council is yet to confirm a date.

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