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Council decision due over baths

One of the Black Country's remaining swimming baths could be forced to close later this year.

Dudley Council said safety checks showed necessary repairs to Coseley Swimming Pool would cost more than 2m.

The pool opened in 1963 but a decision could be made at a meeting later that could see it shut by August.

A report on facilities in the area being considered by the council highlights a new 15m leisure centre in Bilston, a spokesman said.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environment and culture, said: "Coseley Swimming Pool has served local people and indeed the borough well over the years, however, the declining condition of the building and particularly the roof has raised serious safety concerns we cannot ignore.

"While there is no imminent danger of collapse it is the strong recommendation of structural engineers that the roof slabs should be replaced by the end of August 2009.

"At its meeting... cabinet has a difficult decision to make in relation to future provision at Coseley."

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