New Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre!
Planning Application Ref 16/01225/FUL
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.