Town centre Turkish baths to stay closed

Doncaster's St James Leisure Centre.
Doncaster's St James Leisure Centre.
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Doncaster’s historic Turkish baths are to stay closed for at least another month while surveys are carried out on the building following structural problems.

St James’s Leisure Centre in Waterdale, where the baths are housed, closed its doors in April after damage was found in the roof of the gym and while the problem was investigated.

The swimming pool and gym were later re-opened to customers, but the sauna and steam rooms, which date from the 1930s and are one of only a handful of traditional suites remaining in the country, are to stay shut for the time being.

Michael Hart, chief executive of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, said: “We have now received the quantity surveyors report regarding St James’s and a meeting will take place in June to discuss next steps.

“We were pleased to be able to reopen the building and apologise for any inconvenience the temporary closure of the Turkish baths area has caused our customers.”

The town centre swimming pool, which dates from 1932, once played host to The Beatles.