|Posted on August 21, 2016 at 5:30 AM|
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-controlled Council should take these facilities away from Cowley:
- 25m competition swimming pool
- Diving pool - the only one in Oxfordshire!
- Learner pool
- Exercise Studio
- Sauna and Steam Suite
We collected many signatures for our latest petition, and visitors included several Green councillors, including their City Council Leader Craig Simmons, and also County Councillor and prospective Green Party Leader David Williams, both long-term supporters of the Campaign.
We heard many personal stories of how people used to use Temple Cowley Pools, and the effect closure by the Council has had on their lives. Not being able to swim or exercise regularly or conveniently affects people's health and mental wellbeing, and there is an inevitable impact on costs to the NHS and social cohesion in the Cowley community. This impact has been blatantly ignored by the City Council in closing the centre, and even now denying the facts - the Council ordered the demolition to start in the first place, and can stop the demolition at any moment.