In 1997, the Harrogate Advertiser was a broadsheet newspaper which came out on a Friday.
On Friday October 17, 1997, the paper revealed ambitious plans to turn the town’s Royal Baths into a £9 million ‘leisure oasis’ for the 21st century.
A survey of the building in the 1980’s had estimated urgent repairs would cost in the region of £2 million and by the 1990’s the Baths were falling into a state of disrepair.
The Advertiser reported: “According to officials at Harrogate Council, the repair bill for the great building now runs into millions which they have no hope of ever finding and the money can only be found from the private sector”.
The council at the time were working with Keighley firm, Turner Constructions, on a plan to refit the building with cafes, bars, restaurants and a glass-roofed health spa.
A consultation for the project was scheduled for the following May with the hope of delivering the ‘business consortium’ in mid-1999, but for the most part the plans never came to fruition.