The Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign has been fighting since 2009 to keep open the Temple Cowley Pools & Fitness Centre in Temple Road, Oxford, condemned to closure by Oxford City Council.
We have huge support across Oxford to keep the centre open, including the first petition that reached over 12,000 signatures before we stopped - the largest in Oxford, simply ignored by the administration. We've continued with a succession of petitions that show people's frustration with the City Council. We are collecting signatures for Petition number 7 at the moment; and we will present this at the next Full Council meeting on Monday, 3rd February, at the Town Hall (time tbc).
Oxford City Council want to close Temple Cowley Pools and the existing Blackbird Leys swimming pool and replace it with only a non-Olympic, 25m swimming pool next to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre. There are lots of reasons why we think this shouldn't happen, and we continually find evidence that supports keeping Temple Cowley Pools open.
It simply doesn't make sense to build a new swimming pool for what will be over £13m in a place where there's no evidence of demand, when £3m will refurbish and improve both Temple Cowley Pools and the existing Blackbird Leys pool. Temple Cowley Pools continues to be extremely popular despite the Council deliberately running it down to try and put people off.
As of October 2013, the Council has continued to defy public opinion and is constructing the most expensive swimming pool in the UK. The Campaign continues, focused on keeping the Temple Cowley Pools Leisure Centre open.
Please browse these pages for lots more information and background, particularly the blog. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions, comments and/or to add your name to our email list.
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Get involved! We remain an active Campaign focused on keeping Temple Cowley Pools open beyond the (current) planned closure date of early 2015. The Council needs to be constantly challenged because it is determined to get its way and is continually putting out information that we demonstrate time and again is a combination of MISLEADING, INACCURATE, INCOMPLETE and UNTRUE.