The Editor, Sir,
The Bournemouth Bath in eastern Kingston was donated to the city many years ago by a Mr Lindsay. It used to be a popular recreational venue for many Kingston residents where they could enjoy swimming in its large pools. It was also a place where graduations were held and where some of the best dance bands of the 1940s to early '60s played to the entertainment of the young people of that era. Like many other gifts to the city, such as the Ward Theatre, and town clocks like the ones in Cross Roads and Half-Way Tree, it eventually became run down, falling into the category of buildings the late Morris Cargill described as 'West Indian ramshackle'.
In more recent times, the civic-minded Rotary Club and other interests, at great cost, restored the facilities and again left it in the care of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC). Every time I pass the property, the gates are locked and no sign of any activity. Is this how people's money and effort are treated? What incentive is there, then, for other organisations to restore other properties and donate them to the KSAC, which does not have a good track record of managing the city?
Since the KSAC seems incapable of managing the Bath, why can't it be leased to someone who can do so?