|Posted on July 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM|
A fantastic result for people power in Abingdon, and a council prepared to listen to what the people want. News via the BBC that Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool in Abingdon, due for a £600k refurbishment, will actually be completely replaced as it comes to its "end of life". A petition, signed by 2,200 people, submitted in 2015 to the Vale of White Horse District Council, led to a reprieve for the facility that was threatened with complete closure. Contrast this with the abysmal behaviour of our dear Oxford City District Council. The largest petition in the history of the city, over 12,000 signatures, made zero difference to their shabby decision to close Temple Cowley Pools. As a result, 40,000 people, a quarter of Oxford, can no longer walk, cycle, or take practical public transport to take exercise in a public leisure centre. Disgraceful dictatorship, and complete lack of empathy from Labour councillors whose only legacy will be the £13m bill for a new pool at Blackbird Leys that started leaking inside a year, and the controversial closure of Temple Cowley Pools. Well done Vale of White Horse Council - roll on a county unitary authority, where sensible councillors will provide services for the people and not just pander to their political masters.