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We Need More Swimming Pools

Posted on June 24, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (90)

This last week has been Drowning Prevention Week, an event to raise awareness of the dangers of 'wild' swimming, and promoting learning to swim. Our dear Council have of course not lost the opportunity to commemorate it, advising the public to use Hinksey Pool.

Oxford has lots of water, and it's vital that everyone learns to swim. You'd think the City ...

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Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”

Oscar Wilde

Cllr Simm, at South Oxford Community Centre, publicising the radical changes ...

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Vigil - Marking Two Years Since Closure

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 2:50 PM

On 23rd December 2014 our Labour-led Oxford City Council shut Temple Cowley Pools, with swimmers still in the pool. The Labour Executive Councillors rejected a community bid to revive Cowley, in favour of granting planning permission for twice the permitted housing density in return for £3.6m. We held a vigil to mark the anniversary:

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Elder Stubbs Festival

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, 20th August, 2016 - we had a brilliant day as usual at the Elder Stubbs Festival. Hundreds of visitors to the stall, and not one thought it right that our Labour-controll...

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Cowley Carnival 2016 - More Support for SaveTCP!

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The Campaign was out in force on Sunday, 10th July for our usual attendance at the Cowley Carnival. A brilliant day out demonstrating what's best about the community cohesion in Oxford. It started all very dismally, with overcast skies, buffeting winds and pockets of rain dumping on the stall holders. But as the day progressed we moved into bright sunshine before the heavens opened with a torrential shower of rain just as it all finished.

Star of our show this year was Blue Dog, our new...

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Abingdon Pool to be Rebuilt!

Posted on July 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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...

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Thanks, Oxfordshire Guardian!

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Our thanks go to the mighty Oxfordshire Guardian, who featured the Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign on their front page. Brilliant.

And some interesting quotes on the inside - the City Council refuse to "confirm or deny" that the Blackbird Leys swimming pool roof is leaking. We know it is, because we've seen it leaking ...

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"End of Life" Pool Under Threat

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, another one. This time in Chard, Somerset. Apparently £1m to fix the roof, or £3.5m for a new pool. Oh, sorry, what was that? £3.5m? Not the £13m+ figure it cost Oxford taxpayers to build the 25m pool in Blackbird Leys? A reminder that the SaveTCP cic would take over Temple Cowley Pools and operate it at no cost to the public purse and Oxford council taxpayers, working with a leisure and housing organisation to bring it back into profitable use and build houses, 50% s...

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"Life Expired" Pool Under Threat

Posted on February 21, 2016 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Now, where have we heard this term before? Oh yes, Labour-controlled Oxford City Council, who decided against public opinion that they were going to close Temple Cowley Pools. Get an "independent" and "expert" opinion written, then use it to deflect any opposition. This is exactly what's happened in South Hunsley, in Yorkshire. Yet another pool under threat - with the nearest 6 miles away. Of course, Oxford City Council's problem was that after commissioning not one, but TWO, independent repo...

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Council Bulldozes Democracy... nothing new then...

Posted on February 20, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Always good to have a picture of the Glorious Leader - from the Oxford Mail:

This is a 'stock' photo of Cllr Price that gets rolled out every time they revisit the 'must concrete over between here and Abingdon' theme. This time the City Council is spending £400,000...

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