Moseley Road Baths is a Grade II* listed swimming pool, still open for swimming, which opened in 1907 and has been at the heart of the Balsall Heath community ever since. It is the only Grade II* listed swimming pool which is still open to the public and contains many features which are now unique both nationally and internationally. It is on World Monuments Fund’s Watch List and has been a priority building at risk for the Edwardian Society, Victorian Society and Historic England.
The pool has been under threat of closure for around 20 years, and most recently the pool was due to close in June 2017. As a result of this, local people got together to form an Action Group and call for a different solution – for the pool to be taken over as a community run facility – and, with the help of heritage organisations, persuaded Birmingham City Council to keep the pool open a little longer while proposals were put in place.
Moseley Road Baths Charitable Incorporated Organisation was set up at the end of 2017 and aims to promote community participation in healthy recreation by the provision of facilities for swimming and other aquatic sports. Birmingham City Council ceased operating swimming at Moseley Road Baths at the end of March 2018 and Moseley Road Baths CIO is now operating the pool on a charitable community enterprise basis. This will ensure that the local people of Balsall Heath, a deprived area of Birmingham, can continue to enjoy fitness and wellbeing activity and swimming lessons that would otherwise be unavailable to them for reasons of cost and travel.