A HISTORIC Flintshire building is set to be given a new lease of life.

Buckley Town Council has launched a campaign to transform the old Buckley Swimming Baths into a brand new community facility.

Local residents are being asked to share their views, suggestions and visions for the 82-year-old building’s future.

Cllr John Thornton, chair of the town council’s finance and economic development committee, said: “It offers superb potential as a multi-function community facility for the town and its surrounding areas now and into the future.

“We’re ready to start the ball rolling on a campaign to find the most appropriate and sustainable use for this facility and we’re asking anyone who has an interest in the future of Buckley to join in and make their views count.”

The baths were a huge hit in the town for decades after they were opened in 1928.

The building was finally closed in 2005, when a new swimming pool opened at Buckley Leisure Centre.

Town mayor Cllr Carol Ellis said: “We’re looking as much to the younger generation as the older generation for input and I hope that pupils and staff at local schools will play an active part in the baths debate.”

The town council has set up a special committee dedicated to the project and will work alongside Flintshire Council to draw up a shortlist of options.

Potential uses already suggested include a day care centre, indoor market, meeting or training venue, an event and performance venue and a sports centre.

Responses to the campaign can be posted or emailed to Buckley Town Council at bathsdebate@dewinterpr.co.uk.