Save Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!

The Campaign to Save Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!

Help Block the Sale of the Temple Cowley Pools site - send an 'Objection to Planning' email to the City Council. Without planning permission, the sale to Catalyst Housing will fail. You can help make a difference TAKE ACTION
Oxfordshire Guardian does it again on the Campaign - shame on Cllr Price for not telling all the story...

Over 200 Objections to Catalyst's Planning Application to destroy TCP - add another, make your voice known

Object to the Planning Application - email [email protected]see here for suggestions on valid objections on planning grounds. Add your own experiences of how much longer it takes to go somewhere different, how much more it costs, and how much less frequently you go. You can comment as many times as you like, and everyone in your household regardless of age can put in their own objection - losing TCP is real for you, make it real for the City Council planners who are determined to override public opinion! 

This is what the Demolition Contractors have destroyed, employed by Catalyst Housing, and at the insistence of and demanded by our Labour controlled Oxford City Council - beautiful facilities taken from 40,000 people:

These pictures were taken inside Temple Cowley Pools early in 2016 - you can see  a perfectly sound building, ready to be taken over by the community and run at no cost to the Council. But as we can see now all too clearly, our Labour run City Council has no intention of working for the public good, and is determined to pursue its 'sweetheart' deal with Catalyst - getting £3.6m in return for granting planning permission.

And if you've got this far, Welcome!

Now in our SEVENTH year of campaigning, with massive continuing public support - the City Council wanted Temple Cowley Pools shut over five years ago, but you all helped keep TCP open until December 2014. During that additional time users enjoyed more than half a million more visits, we exposed the Council propaganda as a combination of Inaccurate, Incomplete, Misleading and Untrue, and played our part in getting the right to video at Council meetings. 

The decision to sell the site to a commercial developer, Catalyst, was taken at the end of 2014 and the Labour Council has closed and destroyed yet another facility in Cowley. The exact conditions in the contract remain murky, demonstrating yet again the lack of openness and transparency when Oxford City Council decides not to work with the public they are there to serve.

But the Campaign continues into 2016, challenging the decisions, confronting the propaganda and working every way we can so that the community can again have the facilities it wants and needs, where it wants and needs them, in Cowley.


The Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign has been fighting since 2009 to keep open the Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre in Temple Road, Oxford, condemned to closure by Oxford City Council. The Council rushed to close the site at 4pm on 23rd December 2014, without any notice to the public, and boarded up the centre with people still swimming in it!


We have huge support across Oxford to keep the centre open, including the first petition that reached over 12,000 signatures before we stopped - the largest in Oxford, simply ignored by the administration. We've continued with a succession of petitions that show people's frustration with the City Council. Petition number 8 was debated at the Council meeting in November 2014.


During December 2014, the Council continued to defy public opinion, voting in an all-Labour City Executive Board meeting to go with a commercial developer wanting to put 47 dwellings and 53 car park spaces on the site. Our community Social Enterprise proposal, presented by the SaveTCP community interest company, was dismissed without any public discussion, and without us being told what the council would find acceptable. Our proposal represents £20m annual value delivered to the community, and the council has defied its voters and shown it is simply not interested. The Greens called in the decision to Scrutiny Committee on 23rd December, and despite Green and LibDem support, the 3 councillors were not about to turn over the well managed and "on message" 8 Labour councillors who knew what they had to do, so the decision stands - for now.

At 4pm on the 23rd December 2014 the Council closed TCP - the Campaign continues to challenge the Council decisions and work to keep and replace the facilities the Cowley community wants and needs, where they want and need them.

Please browse these pages for lots more information and background. Send us an email at [email protected] for any questions, comments and/or to add your name to our email list.

We also appear on Twitter @SaveTCP (see rhs of this page for our Twitter feed) and on Facebook.


Get involved! All your Labour councillors are ignoring the views of the people they were elected to serve. The Council needs to be constantly challenged because it is determined to get its way and is continually putting out information that we demonstrate time and again is a combination of MISLEADING, INACCURATE, INCOMPLETE and UNTRUE.

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