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Stirchley Baths – Public Consultation

March 17, 2012

On Tuesday 13 March the council unveiled their plans for the conversion of Stirchley Baths into a community centre, to replace the building which will be demolished by the impending Tesco development on Hazelwell Lane. There is an opportunity for people to provide feedback on the proposals via a questionnaire, but the completed forms must be received by Monday 19 March, so time is running short.

Currently, the plans involve the creation of two flexible-use community rooms, one of which will house a screen and projector, enough office space to permit the relocation of the constituency office, a small cafe, and a car park positioned on the old bowling green at the back of the site.

If you’d like to view the plans then we’ve uploaded them here: Plans For Stirchley Baths.

If you’d like to fill out a questionnaire then you can print off a copy here: Stirchley Baths Questionnaire.

Let our local councillors know what you think, so that we can establish a centre that is truly representative of our community!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Katchooo permalink
    March 17, 2012 11:30 pm

    Away so no time to reply, print out, post or hand deliver a questionnaire – why such a short deadline?! So I commented here instead.

    Left a message suggesting bigger cafe and link it to art space (art and sport space currently linked); reduce ratio of council office space to community space (make a couple of smaller rooms available for community use or coworking); and push for Friends Meeting House (or design will remain compromised).

    But then it deleted it all when it asked for login deets! Twitter login failed. Grrrrrr!

    Trying again….

    • March 17, 2012 11:47 pm

      Hello Katchooo,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – good points! We’ll add them to the questionnaire we submit and that way they should be taken into account. Alternatively, let us know if you’d prefer to be on a separate form and we could drop that off at the same time.

  2. March 18, 2012 12:03 am

    Seconding @Katchooo about no time to mess with hard-format questionnaire or post it in by Monday, and am also concerned about such a short deadline to respond as well as a seemingly lost opportunity to open comments up for those engaging online… so, here are my suggestions:

    ‘The Gallery’ seems such an afterthought, it’s almost rendered pointless – a corridor overlooking a sports hall is pathetic. Why not allow visual art more breathing space – it can run throughout the building and it should flow. It could appear in the cafe, reception, and lead into its own space, etc. but it does need to not be tucked away into an excuse for a box-ticking exercise.

    There’s too much office space in a core area of the building which has the potential to be used as a multi-functioning space offering as cinema/performance art/visual art/exhibition/conference/meeting space (I’ve not seen any reference to the performance art from the proposals). Space is at a premium in the building so there needs to be better consideration of combined uses without compromising the use for the community of Stirchley. Put the offices towards the rear of the building – this would allow councillors and their staff some amount of privacy away from total visitor traffic. Allow the fantastic ‘arc’ of the building to be a bit more flexible than the current proposals specify – could this not be used in more of an ‘auditorium’ way as this could enable the space to function with a screen for cinema and also for theatrical performances.

    How will the location of the proposed catering arrangements maximise convenience of visitors (and also make potential for custom to be more frequent) given sports, entertainment and arts spaces? How can all of this ensure that accessibility is inclusive and the through-flow of different visitor types works? I can see a bottleneck with current cafe and kitchen.

    If you could find a magic way to pass these comments onto the appropriate parties, that would be wonderful! 🙂

    • March 18, 2012 11:31 am

      Hi Shona,

      Thanks for your comment. We’ll take it to the Community Centre on Monday so that it can be included in the consultation.

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