Byrne Avenue Baths Scoops National Award For Work to Preserve Local Treasure

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Rockferry community business wins accolades and grant to help with mammoth restoration project. 

Volunteers and staff at Byrne Avenue Baths project are celebrating after taking home a major restoration award.  The team scooped the national ‘Locality 2019 Save Our Spaces Award’ (NOV) – for their work in bringing the Rock Ferry pool and baths back to life.  They beat a shortlist of three to bag the prestigious prize as well as £1,000 to add to their
funding pot.

The Award recognised the team’s work in saving the historic building from the bulldozers and praised plans to revamp and re-open it for the local community.

Work has already started work on the listed venture, thanks to funding from grants provider, including Power to Change and Garfield Weston.  Local tradesmen and craftsmen are being used to keep money in the local Wirral
economy.

Chair of Trustees, Ben Harrison along with Project Manager Jane Richards collected the award as part of the Locality Convention.
Speaking about the prize, Ben said: “Everyone at Byrne Avenue Trust is delighted to have won the Save Our Spaces Awards at the Locality Convention. We are a small charity who have been working hard to save our beautiful building. To have that work recognised by being presented with a national award is amazing. The support in the room that evening from other like-minded organisations was fantastic. The prize money will be used to continue our work on restoring Phase 1 of the Baths so we can open as a Sports and Community Centre as soon as possible”.

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