Sunday, 11 January 2015

Temple Cowley Pool Closed in Defiance of Wishes of Public

The much-loved Temple Cowley Swimming Pool has been closed down by the Labour Council despite all the strenuous campaigning to save it.
The Save TCP committee had organized a private bid to take over and run the pool and fitness centre, and this would have cost the council nothing, but at the last council meeting in December, the nine Labour councillors acting unanimously like a well-drilled Politburo, voted to reject the proposal.
Risinghurst voters can reflect that they made this situation worse by electing one more Labour councillor in the by-election a few months ago. I wonder why  - do they want their daughters treated like the girls in Labour-run Rotherham?

The valiant Save TCP group is still carrying on the fight and refuses to give up hope. The Community Interest Company will present its case to the Scrutiny Committee at 10 am on Tuesday 23rd January and you can still help by getting in touch with and filling in their questionaire if you have ever used TCP.
This MUST be done by Monday 22nd (as early as possible in the day).
If you just want to keep up to date with what happens next, get in touch with and ask to be put on their mailing list. And/or look at the

A New Year - and a new phase in the Campaign to keep Temple Cowley Pools. The Labour controlled Oxford City Council may have closed our centre, but the Campaign isn't finished yet!

PUBLIC MEETING Sat 17th Jan 6-7pm URC Church Hall

Everyone is invited to this Public Meeting next Saturday to hear:
  • the real story behind those Council meetings in December when the Labour councillors blatantly ignored the wishes of the electorate
  • immediate plans to challenge the council decision - the community proposal was not assessed fairly
  • options to keep Temple Cowley Pools for the community - there are several ways forward, and we welcome your views
  • how the Library is now obviously under threat of closure
  • how the Council must reject any planning application that is only for more housing.

All are welcome to this meeting, including any councillors who are interested in what their voters think, want and need.

We look forward to seeing you there - we know this is short notice, but we want to let everyone know what's happened, and how the Campaign to Save Temple Cowley Pools continues into 2015. It will make a huge difference if you can be at the meeting, but if you are unable to come, please let us know and we'll work out how to get your views another way.

We really value the wonderful support you have shown us and the centre we all know must be kept open, and will need your support even more this year if we are to succeed.


Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign Team

Save TCP committee says:-
It's still possible to keep the Pools (and gym, and sauna & steam room) alive and flourishing in Temple Cowley; but the community-interest community needs OUR help. This could be the start of the Council listening to 'ordinary people' in other parts of Oxford too…(think the Barton Development or Port Meadow).
It would also be great if people would WRITE TO MEMBERS OF THE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - whose names can be found here
(click on the name, and it will take you thro' to their details incl email address. It's a bit of a faff, perhaps BUT WELL WORTH LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
Also, there is now a public link to the survey (because so many of you were interested in completing it!):[ NB It doesn't work for everyone but here it is anyway.]

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