Editorial – Denaby Baths

February 1928

Mexborough and Swinton Times, February 17, 1928

Denaby Baths.

The request of the trustees of the Denaby and Cadeby Miners’ Welfare scheme to be relieved of rating in respect of the public baths which are a part of their scheme has opened a way, we hope, to the only satisfactory solution of a rather difficult question. It is hardly fair that an undertaking so entirely communal in its objects and benefits should land its promoters into debt by reason of the demands of the public authorities for rates.

The time has come to strike a bargain. We hope both the Welfare trustees and the Urban Council will see the desirability and the propriety of transferring these baths to the custody and maintenance of the Council and in that way relieving the trustees of a serious liability and endowing the public with a capital asset of very considerable value. Such an arrangement would of course require the consent of the Central Miners’ committee, and we are confident that it would be readily given.

The baths should should have been handed over to the public authority from the outset.