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Calls for return of Droitwich Spa brine baths

Residents in a Worcestershire town have voted in favour of restoring historic brine baths more than a year after they were closed.

Up to 95% of people in Droitwich Spa who took part in a council consultation voted in favour of a new facility.

Brine baths at Droitwich Spa Hospital were shut in 2008 when electrical and mechanical problems were found.

Wychavon District Council secured £200,000 from owners BMI Healthcare for a new facility when the baths shut.

'Strong message'

The company paid the £200,000 penalty to the council for breaking an agreement to maintain the baths.

That will be used with any new investment that can be secured for a future development, the council said.

A spokesman said many people supported the idea of brine baths being part of a wider leisure complex which would appeal to locals and tourists.

Councillor Tom McDonald, chairman of the Brine Baths Task Force, said: "I am very pleased that so many people took the time and effort to participate in the Brine Baths consultation.

"As a result the task force has a clear and strong message on what local people would like to see happen.

"We will now work with potential investors to try and turn this into reality."

Brine baths in Droitwich Spa date back to the 19th Century but the existence of brine springs in the area has been recorded since Roman times.

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