[imc-oxford-features] Save Temple Cowley Pools - feature for Indy, under oxford, local politics, anti-cuts...
savetcp at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 06:58:56 PST 2010
We've been asked a number of times to contribute something about this
long-running campaign; we've finally got around to putting something
together (inline below, plus attached pic) for the features section.
Publicity and help/support is more important than ever as the council runs
up to its next decision point, and we need to get headlines and put as much
pressure on as possible.
Nigel & Jane
Save Temple Cowley Pools Action Group
savetcp at gmail.com
*Saving Temple Cowley Pools – the campaign continues into 2011*
The campaign to keep publicly funded leisure inside the ring road in East
Oxford is starting its second year; we need support from anyone who cares
about the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Oxford and how the City
Council is ignoring the will of its citizens for its own ends.
Over the last year, the Labour-controlled city council in Oxford has been
pushing through plans to close two leisure centres and replace them with an
extension onto Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.
Saving a pool may not be the most obvious cause to mount the barricades, but
if the pool and gym at Temple Cowley shuts there will be a significant
impact on the environment as well as the health and well-being of thousands
of people in Oxford, and the council will continue to feel free to do what
it likes without any accountability.
Inside nine months the Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign Group got over
11,000 signatures on a petition to keep TCP open. This is the largest ever
petition in the history of Oxford, and the Council simply ignored it. Why?
There are two reasons – firstly, closing two facilities and opening a new
one means that the ‘outsourced’ operator, Fusion Lifestyle, can cut their
costs at the expense of the convenience of the people who regularly use the
pools and gym for exercise, keeping/maintaining/recovering fitness during
and after illness as well as a simple leisure activity. Secondly, the
Council wants to sell the TCP land for student accommodation at Brookes,
just as it has across East Oxford. And once the pool goes, the land around
it will be there to build on – watch as the library gets cut, and St
Christophers School will be under threat again. The Temple Cowley area will
lose its amenities, and the labour councillors the people voted in to look
after them will leave East Oxford high and dry.
Well before the new coalition government brought in its package of cuts,
Labour in Oxford were carrying out their own version – don’t let them join
any anti-cuts campaign without questioning them over why they are closing
There are many arguments put forward by the Council for closing TCP, all
fallacy: cost, environment, transport, convenience – they even claim that
their proposed new 25m pool will meet their aspirations for ‘world class’
leisure. All these areas are discussed at length on the campaign website –
Temple Cowley Pools needs your help – now! The Council is reviewing its
budget options in the light of the government cuts – it is obviously cheaper
to refurbish TCP for £3-6m than destroy it and build a new pool for £8.5m.
The Council is ringfencing this money and frontline services will be cut
instead – this is, as someone commented, “madness”. We need to keep the
pressure up through a variety of means – come along to one of our meetings
with ideas on how we can defeat the council and stop them wasting yet more
money, visit the website for information, join us on Twitter, Facebook,
Yahoo and sign the online petitions at
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