This summer marks 15 years since a Stockport suburb saw its swimming pool close its doors for the final time.
Reddish Baths shut in 2005, after Stockport Council cut its grant to its arms-length management company, Stockport Sports Trust.
At the time, the council said the facility was little used, ran at a significant loss and was too costly to keep up.
The pool eventually closed despite a huge community campaign, which included an attempt by residents to form a company to run the pool themselves.
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The authority has no plans to reopen the pool, but that has not stopped many who live in the suburb from hoping that it could one day return.
Now a discussion on the M.E.N’s In Your Area forum, asking what one thing readers would change about their area, has prompted the launch of a new petition calling for the baths to reopen.
It has since been signed by more than 200 people in a week.
The petition reads: “Since 2005, Reddish Baths has been closed to the public, and to say this is a tragedy is an understatement.
“The swimming baths brought the community together, allowed young children the opportunity to learn a vital skill without travelling far, and provided healthy entertainment to all. It was a much loved facility.
“As it stands, residents have to travel to Levenshulme, Denton or Stockport centre to enjoy leisure facilities- wouldn’t it be great if we had our own again?”
A huge campaign was waged to try to save the baths before it closed.
More than 4,000 people signed a petition against the closure and demonstrations were held.
Campaigners described the loss of the pool as ‘ripping the heart out of the community’
The Friends of Reddish Baths, a group formed of about 80 members of the local community, planned to create a limited company with charitable status to take over the facility and keep it open.
But the group had to reluctantly abandon the plans after discovering they would have a legal obligation to take on four staff and retain their local authority terms and conditions of employment, which they could not afford.
Over the years, a number of other petitions have been launched online calling for the pool to return, but to no avail.