Save Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!

 
The Campaign to Save Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!

SaveTCP cic - Developing Temple Cowley Pools, Energising the Community

Oxford City Council has acknowledged that TCP is valued by people in East Oxford, and so have added the site to their register of Assets of Community Value 

We have formed a Community Interest Company, and have asked for a Community Asset Transfer of the TCP site; we will operate the centre as usual, and develop the facilities for the whole community.

The City Councillors were asked to approve our request for a Community Asset Transfer at a special City Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, 10th December at 5pm. They decided to deny the public the opportunity to take over operating TCP

- - - Timeline - - -

Monday 29th September, 7pm
Town Hall Full Council Meeting

Full Council - this is the last council meeting before we submitted our bid. The 8th petition, signed by you, the general public, was debated - it asked the Council yet again to listen to the community it is there to serve and enable us to work with them to keep TCP operating. The latest plans were on show for the councillors to see before the debate. As expected, the public's request fell on deaf ears.

Still to come...

MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER - THE COMMUNITY'S PROPOSAL TO KEEP TCP OPERATIONAL SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER - CITY EXECUTIVE BOARD. LABOUR COUNCILLORS DECIDE WHETHER TO ACCEPT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS AND KEEP TCP OPEN, OR DEFY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND HAND THE SITE OVER TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, LEAVING THE COWLEY COMMUNITY WITHOUT YET ANOTHER FACILITY

Before...

5th May : Council confirms they are unable to meet on our requested date - we await a date from them

We ask to meet the Council to understand whether and how they will work with us to develop a bid that they will accept.

Freedom of Information request reveals the process for the commercial organisations bidding to build housing while we work on our proposal. A preferred bidder will be selected and negotiated with, ready to sign contracts after 7th October. If, of course, our proposal is found unacceptable.

1st May : Council accepts we have a valid Right to Bid, and gives us until 7th October to submit our proposal

24th April : SaveTCP asks the Council for the Right to Bid

17th April : Form a community interest company (SaveTCP CIC) to put together the Right to Bid

7th April - Council agrees to list Temple Cowley Pools as an asset of community value - six weeks to register a Right to Bid

3rd March - we nominate Temple Cowley Pools as an Asset of Community Value

Feb/Mar - we put together at breakneck speed and massive support a financially viable development incorporating housing and a community centre, and retaining Temple Cowley Pools

February We decide to put in a bid competing with commercial developers

21st January : City Council put the site up for sale. Planning permission will only be granted, apparently, for new housing. Expectation is that the site will be demolished and cleared in January 2015 in preparation for residential housing.

The illustrations are an artist's impression of how the Temple Cowley Pools complex could look when developed and operated by the SaveTCP consortium.


Plans include:


  • Redevelop the entrance, ground and first floors to provide disabled access. 
  • Retain the pool hall with its existing disabled access
  • ADD a jacuzzi in the pool hall
  • ADD flumes in the pool hall
  • Bring the DIVING POOL back into use
  • Ground floor with a cafe and an open reception area
  • Keep open and separate changing areas for men and women; include village changing and disabled/family changing areas
  • Relocate the sauna and steam suite, along with a relaxation area, inside the building with access to the wet area
  • First floor will include a gym, fully-fitted dance and exercise studio, combining a community space with catering and also treatment rooms
  • Integrated Health provision through the Temple Cowley Community Health Hub
  • On the ground, 1st and upper floors there will be 1/2/3-bedroomed flats of generous size - 50% for affordable housing
  • A third roof garden above the top floor
  • A revitalised TCP will provide a focus for the whole community, something desperately needed in the area and lost through the destruction of the Barns Road Community Centre


So what will all this cost?


We have a financially viable proposal, and are asking the Council for a Community Asset Transfer that will cost the public purse NOTHING. Our proposal presents zero risk to the Council and the communities that want and need these facilities.


What do you think?


The SaveTCP development is for the community, by the community. We need your views on what you'd like to see - so tell us! Our last event was hugely successful PUBLIC MEETING, and you can see the presentation elsewhere on the website or on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who was able to come along, and the many who since have communicated their support to City Councillors - we hope they listen, are prepared to talk positively with us, and see if we can agree a way for the community to run the facility we want and need. Email us with your views at savetcp@gmail.com 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! ACT NOW OR LOSE TCP!

We were told by the Oxford City Council Disposals Team that they did not have criteria for evaluating our bid, but it was clear from the way they reported our proposal to the City Executive Board Meeting on 10th December exactly what their preferred option was.