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Protesters drop pool legal action
9:20am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
The city council has long wanted to shut down the centre, which it says is in a poor state of repair, and replace it with a multi-million pound facility in Blackbird Leys.
Nigel Gibson has been fighting the decision for nearly three years and had taken the issue all the way to the High Court.
But after saying he would take his case to the Court of Appeal when a judicial review was not permitted, he has now withdrawn it.
City councillor Van Coulter, board member for leisure services, said: “I am pleased that this costly and time consuming case is over.
“The council was confident that it had acted properly and with full regard for its procedures.”
This means there is only one judicial review hanging over the closure of Temple Cowley Pools – Oxfordshire County Council’s decision not to designate Blackbird Leys Park, where the new pool would be built, as a town green.
A hearing into this will be held at the High Court on Tuesday, April 16.
Mr Coulter said Temple Cowley Pools will remain open until the new pool is completed but added that work would start “within weeks” of a favourable decision.
The new facility will have a 25-metre main pool, a teaching pool, a moveable floor, a toddler’s splash pool, a sauna and a soft play area.
It is fully funded and has planning permission, and a conditional contract has been signed with construction company Willmot Dixon.
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