The Campaign to Save Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!
Save this beautiful interior from destruction by objecting to the planning application to destroy Temple Cowley Pools
A bland looking structure from the outside, the interior reveals a wonderful design around a sailing theme, encompassing all the elements of the leisure centre - diving pool, swimming and learner pools. From the porthole windows, the sail-like adjustable vents, to the curved ceiling reminiscent of an upturned boat. Many marvelled at it, and came from outside the county to swim in it. The most advanced 'green' design of its time in 1986, We have local architect Vim Rodrigo, many years retired and living in Rose Hill, to thank for the vision that turned this from a bland box (like so many other pools), into this entertaining structure to accompany exercise and enjoyment of water. Thanks Vim!
The Catalyst Housing Planning Application came to the East Area Planning Committee in March 2017 - the committee voted through the officer recommendation, which was to defer the final approval to officers, subject to an appropriate contract being drawn up. This meant that the Labour councillors could wash their hands of any responsibility. As of the start of August 2017, we await confirmation that this has happened - it will trigger legal proceedings. In the meantime, we made a formal complaint to the Council concerning the conduct of the meeting. There was a huge conflict of interest in allowing any Labour councillors to vote on this - it has been Labour policy since they came to power in 2008 to close Temple Cowley Pools, and two Labour councillors on the committee were at one time CEB members with responsibility for leisure and closing the pool - they publicly and vociferously supported closure. No surprise that the complaint was dismissed by the Council - we have referred the matter to the Local Government Ombudsman.
Cowley Marsh Works - Extension
The Cowley Marsh Works site in Marsh Road is one of two works sites run by the Council. At some point, one of the sites will close. The Council wants to put housing on this site if it closes, but we think it would be ideal for a leisure centre to replace Temple Cowley Pools. The Council has just granted itself planning permission for a 'temporary' five year expansion of the site as it becomes more and more privatised. The decision has been called in and will be heard on Monday 21st August at the Town Hall.
SAVETCP CIC is a Community Interest Company registered in the United Kingdom with the Company reg no 09002684. Registered address is Oxford Greenprint Room 1/oarc East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Further information here