October deadline for Temple Cowley Pool campaigners

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CAMPAIGNERS have until October to put forward a bid to buy Temple Cowley Pools.

Oxford City Council – the landowner – confirmed the site, in Temple Road, Oxford, as an Asset of Community Value in March.

And it has now been announced that campaign group Save Temple Cowley Pools has officially expressed an interest in buying the site and triggered a full six-month moratorium on April 24.

This means the group will have until October 7 – six months since the site was confirmed as an asset – to attempt to raise enough money to buy the site and the council is prevented from selling the site to anyone else during this period.

The group wants to stop the closure of the pool.

The city council has been planning to sell off the centre for housing, saying it can no longer afford to maintain the site.

But it has faced a series of legal and planning challenges from the group.

Last month the lobby group exhibited designs for the pool. It hopes to be able to keep the swimming pool while adding the 20 homes required there by Oxford City Council and a community centre.

The council is expected to finish work on a new swimming complex next to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre in Pegasus Road by December.

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2:43pm Fri 9 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Sink or swim again? Could this be one of Oxford's longest-running municipal sagas, even out-lasting City Council's former Cowley Centre 'bombsite' disgrace? Maybe the real irony will be if Temple Cowley pool does rise from the muddy depths, and achieves higher footfall of users than the new pool at Blackbird Leys. For sure, if given the choice, many will not get a bus to Blackbird Leys. As someone told me
last year "the whole thing was probably manufactured by Labour to throw yet more money at Blackbird Leys and gain extra votes" and the man was from Blackbird Leys!
Sink or swim again? Could this be one of Oxford's longest-running municipal sagas, even out-lasting City Council's former Cowley Centre 'bombsite' disgrace? Maybe the real irony will be if Temple Cowley pool does rise from the muddy depths, and achieves higher footfall of users than the new pool at Blackbird Leys. For sure, if given the choice, many will not get a bus to Blackbird Leys. As someone told me last year "the whole thing was probably manufactured by Labour to throw yet more money at Blackbird Leys and gain extra votes" and the man was from Blackbird Leys! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 3

10:41pm Fri 9 May 14

Christine Hovis says...

TCP is terrible. I long to see the business case to keep it open: who will pay to go there? *If* the housing deal provides enough cash for the capital, there's the small matter of the revenue to pay for the staffing and the ever present heating.
TCP is terrible. I long to see the business case to keep it open: who will pay to go there? *If* the housing deal provides enough cash for the capital, there's the small matter of the revenue to pay for the staffing and the ever present heating. Christine Hovis
  • Score: 0

11:47am Wed 14 May 14

swnic says...

We are not meant to be proportionately represented by religion or race etc but by our choice of politics ?
If I'm wrong then most politicians should be working class and female.
We are not meant to be proportionately represented by religion or race etc but by our choice of politics ? If I'm wrong then most politicians should be working class and female. swnic
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Thu 15 May 14

Alex Oxford says...

swnic wrote:
We are not meant to be proportionately represented by religion or race etc but by our choice of politics ?
If I'm wrong then most politicians should be working class and female.
If you are right then more than 25% of the Oxford voters support Zionist "choice of politics". Which is not true.
[quote][p][bold]swnic[/bold] wrote: We are not meant to be proportionately represented by religion or race etc but by our choice of politics ? If I'm wrong then most politicians should be working class and female.[/p][/quote]If you are right then more than 25% of the Oxford voters support Zionist "choice of politics". Which is not true. Alex Oxford
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Sun 18 May 14

George2014 says...

The Council has given the pool campaign six months to prepare a community bid to acquire the pool. But the campaign leaders seem to be busy electioneering.

I went to their site to get more information on their plans for the future of the pool. I only saw the drawing of a building which looked a bit like a school project.

But I saw a whole page with videos devoted to political campaign to vote for a Tory candidate, an "Independent" Cowley candidate who has lived in Cowley just a few years, and for the Greens everywhere else. And they still say at the end of that page that their campaign is "a-political"!
The Council has given the pool campaign six months to prepare a community bid to acquire the pool. But the campaign leaders seem to be busy electioneering. I went to their site to get more information on their plans for the future of the pool. I only saw the drawing of a building which looked a bit like a school project. But I saw a whole page with videos devoted to political campaign to vote for a Tory candidate, an "Independent" Cowley candidate who has lived in Cowley just a few years, and for the Greens everywhere else. And they still say at the end of that page that their campaign is "a-political"! George2014
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Tue 20 May 14

Howard14 says...

The "independent" candidate Artwell claims to be a campaigner to save Temple Cowley pool. Many of my friends and I have been using the pool and gym regularly and at different times for several years. None of us have ever seen Artwell there!

Chaka Artwell has not lived in Cowley for more than just a few years. How can he claim to represent the residents of Cowley at the Council?
The "independent" candidate Artwell claims to be a campaigner to save Temple Cowley pool. Many of my friends and I have been using the pool and gym regularly and at different times for several years. None of us have ever seen Artwell there! Chaka Artwell has not lived in Cowley for more than just a few years. How can he claim to represent the residents of Cowley at the Council? Howard14
  • Score: 5

12:31am Wed 21 May 14

Bob Cowley says...

In reply to George2014 who said that the pool campaign site says "vote for the Greens everywhere else", the same thing has been said by the outgoing Labour Councillor for Cowley too going round houses in Cowley. He has also handed ready postal ballot forms to be signed and posted to save time.
In reply to George2014 who said that the pool campaign site says "vote for the Greens everywhere else", the same thing has been said by the outgoing Labour Councillor for Cowley too going round houses in Cowley. He has also handed ready postal ballot forms to be signed and posted to save time. Bob Cowley
  • Score: 4

11:43pm Sun 25 May 14

SaveTCP says...

Christine Hovis wrote:
TCP is terrible. I long to see the business case to keep it open: who will pay to go there? *If* the housing deal provides enough cash for the capital, there's the small matter of the revenue to pay for the staffing and the ever present heating.
Christine - we would be delighted to talk to you about why you think TCP is "terrible", and explain our plans in more detail. Just come to a Campaign meeting, or email savetcp@gmail.com
[quote][p][bold]Christine Hovis[/bold] wrote: TCP is terrible. I long to see the business case to keep it open: who will pay to go there? *If* the housing deal provides enough cash for the capital, there's the small matter of the revenue to pay for the staffing and the ever present heating.[/p][/quote]Christine - we would be delighted to talk to you about why you think TCP is "terrible", and explain our plans in more detail. Just come to a Campaign meeting, or email savetcp@gmail.com SaveTCP
  • Score: 0

12:01am Mon 26 May 14

SaveTCP says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Sink or swim again? Could this be one of Oxford's longest-running municipal sagas, even out-lasting City Council's former Cowley Centre 'bombsite' disgrace? Maybe the real irony will be if Temple Cowley pool does rise from the muddy depths, and achieves higher footfall of users than the new pool at Blackbird Leys. For sure, if given the choice, many will not get a bus to Blackbird Leys. As someone told me
last year "the whole thing was probably manufactured by Labour to throw yet more money at Blackbird Leys and gain extra votes" and the man was from Blackbird Leys!
We exposed the folly of the Council's scheme last year, when we pointed out using the Council's own figures that the forecast footfall at the new pool is lower that the actual figures being achieved at present at the existing Blackbird Leys Pool, Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and Temple Cowley Pools.

The Council is committing over £13m of our taxpayers' money to reduce health, fitness and exercise in East Oxford.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Sink or swim again? Could this be one of Oxford's longest-running municipal sagas, even out-lasting City Council's former Cowley Centre 'bombsite' disgrace? Maybe the real irony will be if Temple Cowley pool does rise from the muddy depths, and achieves higher footfall of users than the new pool at Blackbird Leys. For sure, if given the choice, many will not get a bus to Blackbird Leys. As someone told me last year "the whole thing was probably manufactured by Labour to throw yet more money at Blackbird Leys and gain extra votes" and the man was from Blackbird Leys![/p][/quote]We exposed the folly of the Council's scheme last year, when we pointed out using the Council's own figures that the forecast footfall at the new pool is lower that the actual figures being achieved at present at the existing Blackbird Leys Pool, Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and Temple Cowley Pools. The Council is committing over £13m of our taxpayers' money to reduce health, fitness and exercise in East Oxford. SaveTCP
  • Score: 0

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