Peggy Seeger, internationally renowned folk singer and campaigner (http://www.peggyseeger.com/), now based in Oxford, is supporting the Campaign to Save Temple Cowley Pools! Her two completely sold out benefit concerts, held in November, raised awareness and much-needed funds for the Campaign. If you were not lucky enough to get to see her perform, spot her in the video of the song she has composed especially for the Campaign. The CD of the song is available from firstname.lastname@example.org for a minimum £3 donation.
So, show your appreciation of the video - roll over it while it's playing and press the 'thumbs up' at the top! Go further, click on 'Share' to send to other people - how far round the world can you get the message? Do your bit to keep Temple Cowley Pools open
See article in Oxford Mail (complete with good grammar but inaccurate Judicial Review mention)!
The Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign is trying to save our swimming pool, gym and other leisure facilities from destruction by Oxford City Council. This site is the main place to come to find out the latest information on the campaign and what the Council is (or isn't) doing.
We are asking for donations to keep the Campaign going. Please think about how much you can give to help save your local facility that the Labour Council doesn't care enough about. With online banking, anything gratefully received as follows: Sort Code 08-92-99, Account Number 6551 7499, Account Name Save TCP - Thanks!
Go to our Quick Facts page for the 'least you need to know' about the background.
And then go to the Blog to find out what is going on.
We are always looking for people to join the campaign and help change the council's mind. Lots of people think the new pool and TCP closure is a done deal - it isn't, but the pool needs YOUR help NOW to make the difference - email us at email@example.com and come to our weekly meetings (7-8pm, Marsh Harrier pub, Sunday evenings, see Upcoming Events).
The Council says that Temple Cowley Leisure Centre (a complete 'wet/dry' leisure centre, comprising a 25m competition swimming pool, diving pool, sauna, gym, exercise class room, toddler pool) is too old, costly and emits too many greenhouse gases. They say that it will be cheaper to build a new pool (only a pool, 25m x 8 lane, same size as now) next to the Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and close the pools and other leisure facilities currently at Temple Cowley and Blackbird Leys. They say they can only build a new pool if Temple Cowley Leisure Centre is knocked down. We say it is wrong to pit two communities against each other, and that it would be less expensive overall to refurbish both Temple Cowley and Blackbird Leys. We say that the current maintenance costs are unnecessary and can be significantly reduced with a minimal investment, and that the Council should spend the money on repairing Temple Cowley that it hasn't over the last 10 years. We say that the pool is part of a community provision that includes the library, health centre, shopping centre and retail park, and that the council would deprive thousands of people of leisure facilities if they shut TCP. And, most importantly, the Council has never found any evidence of demand for their proposed new pool in Blackbird Leys. There's more detail elsewhere on this site, but that's the short version.
The Labour administration wants to spend over £11m of our money building what would only be a 25m swimming pool - the council finance department has agreed that £3m will refurbish and improve Temple Cowley Leisure Centre AND the existing Blackbird Leys Swimming Pool. The council argues that a new pool would be less risk - we don't agree; no point in having a new facility that few people want, and closing two facilities that thousands already use and want to keep using!
Contact your councillors to let them know what you think, especially if they are on the City Executive Board - if you don't know who your councillors are, email us your postcode and we'll tell you. You can meet them in person if you are lucky and they tell you where they will be, or you can email them or phone them or write to them.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help the campaign.
We meet every Sunday evening, 7-8pm at the Original Swan pub in Cowley to discuss latest happenings and plan the coming week.