Temple Cowley pool campaigners call again for a rethink

The Oxford Times: Oxford Town Hall Oxford Town Hall

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the closure of Temple Cowley Pools have again urged Oxford City Council to reconsider its position.

The Save Temple Cowley Pools group handed in a petition at a full meeting of the city council at the Town Hall on Monday.

It had more than 1,600 signatures and called on the authority to abandon its plans to close and demolish the facility.

Nigel Gibson, who is leading the campaign, said: “This petition asks the council to work with us to find a viable solution to keeping the Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre open.

“The number of signatures, and the speed with which we collected them, demonstrates yet again the overwhelming support for the campaign from the general public.

“They simply can’t understand why such a popular centre, the most energy-efficient in Oxford and with the only publicly funded diving pool in the county, needs to be closed.”

Petitions which gather 1,500 signatures or more must be considered by a full meeting of the city council, according to the authority’s constitution.

This is the seventh petition which the campaign group has handed into the city council, which wants to replace Temple Cowley Pools with a new multi-million pound facility in Blackbird Leys.

Construction of the new pool is expected to be completed later this year.

The Temple Cowley site, which is earmarked for housing, has already been put on the market.

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9:14am Wed 5 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

£6,000,000 is the top end figure that the SaveTCP group has previously published as the value of the current pool & site.

They clearly have 1,600 signatories on standby. So just £3,750 each to buy the facility outright for themselves using the Localism Act and Nigel, on behalf of the SaveTCP group, has previously said "we will look at that".

Veteran Oxford Campaigner Sarah Lasenby has previously reminded the us that the cost of the new pool is fixed at £9.23M.

So, offsetting the £6M against the £9.23M means that East Oxford benefits from a brand new swimming pool for just £3.23M!

and

The Campaigners have their own private pool and don't have to make the brisk walk or 3ish minute drive to the lovely new pool...

and

The campaigners can review the cases of the Fusion 6 and allow them to use TCP again!

Good news all round...
£6,000,000 is the top end figure that the SaveTCP group has previously published as the value of the current pool & site. They clearly have 1,600 signatories on standby. So just £3,750 each to buy the facility outright for themselves using the Localism Act and Nigel, on behalf of the SaveTCP group, has previously said "we will look at that". Veteran Oxford Campaigner Sarah Lasenby has previously reminded the us that the cost of the new pool is fixed at £9.23M. So, offsetting the £6M against the £9.23M means that East Oxford benefits from a brand new swimming pool for just £3.23M! and The Campaigners have their own private pool and don't have to make the brisk walk or 3ish minute drive to the lovely new pool... and The campaigners can review the cases of the Fusion 6 and allow them to use TCP again! Good news all round... Andrew:Oxford

8:05am Thu 6 Feb 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Except for the fact that the council is selling of the land because it's broke.
Except for the fact that the council is selling of the land because it's broke. Geoff Roberts

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