Great news - our nomination has been successful, and the Council is registering Temple Cowley Pools as an asset of community value. Read about it here. This means we can ask for a Right to Bid, and have up to six months to put forward a proposal to take over the operation of the centre.
We asked for support from all councillors at the Council Meeting debate in April - thank you Greens, LibDems and Mick Haines for your support. As usual, the other party voted against the petition and the will of the people. Thanks to everyone who came down to support!
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.
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 7 will be debated at the Council meeting on 14th April.
Oxford City Council want to close Temple Cowley Pools and the existing Blackbird Leys swimming pool and replace it with only a non-Olympic, 25m swimming pool next to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre. There are lots of reasons why we think this shouldn't happen, and we continually find evidence that supports keeping Temple Cowley Pools open.
It simply doesn't make sense to build a new swimming pool for what will be over £13m in a place where there's no evidence of demand, when £3m will refurbish and improve both Temple Cowley Pools and the existing Blackbird Leys pool. Temple Cowley Pools continues to be extremely popular despite the Council deliberately running it down to try and put people off.
As of April 2014, the Council has continued to defy public opinion and is planning to close Temple Cowley Pools early in 2015. The Campaign continues, focused on keeping the Temple Cowley Pools Leisure Centre open. Successful in nominating TCP as an Asset of Community Value, we are asking for our Right to Bid and will have six months to put a proposal to the Council.
Please browse these pages for lots more information and background, particularly the blog. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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! We remain an active Campaign focused on keeping Temple Cowley Pools open beyond the (current) planned closure date of early 2015. 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.