Droitwich received a major boost this week after Wychavon District Council approved outline plans to site a new brine baths at the town’s Lido Park.
If enough money is raised to fund the ambitious project then it could help draw in more visitors to Droitwich, helping the town’s tourism trade. Droitwich Spa became the only saltwater spa town in Britain when John Corbett created the first spa, St Andrew’s Brine Baths, in 1887. They closed in 2008.
Community campaign group Save Our Brine Baths (known as SOBBs) have been campaigning to bring the baths back to the town and submitted the planning application to the council. They will now need prepare a detailed planning application before applying for full planning permission.
The current proposal sets out plans for a single storey building to be constructed in the Lido Park next to the existing lido – to include a dual purpose brine bath, jacuzzi and cafe.
Cllr Bob Brookes from Wychavon District Council said: “SOBBs believe the time has now come for us to re-launch the brine baths to cater for the developing market in health and well-being. They understand this is only the very first step on a long road to bring their project to a satisfactory conclusion. The work in all of this, much of it to be undertaken by volunteers and the people of Droitwich can’t be achieved in a few months. However, we have a committed group of local residents with the full backing of Droitwich Town Council and with your support today I believe they can achieve their objective to put the Spa back into Droitwich.”