Chance to have your say on vision for Cowley pool site

An artist’s impression of Temple Cowley Pools, remodelled and extended to include a community centre, housing and garden roof space

An artist’s impression of Temple Cowley Pools, remodelled and extended to include a community centre, housing and garden roof space

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

PEOPLE are being invited to have their say on proposals for the future of Temple Cowley Pools.

The campaign group hoping to buy the Temple Road facility is holding an exhibition of its plans for the site on Saturday at Templars Square.

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.

Campaigner Jane Alexander said: “There will be an opportunity this Saturday, for people to see what the Save Temple Cowley Pools campaign group is proposing for the site and for members of the public to make their own suggestions as to what they want on the site.

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Jane Alexander

“Temple Cowley Pools site has now been registered as an asset of community value which gives us some time to prepare a fully considered bid for Temple Cowley Pools.

“We have numerous helpful ideas from some people who have got in touch as to how to do this but welcome all suggestions from more members of the public.”

Save Temple Cowley Pools has been opposing the city council’s plans to close the pools and replace them with a new multi-million pound facility in Blackbird Leys.

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It has managed to designate the site as a community asset, which could give it six months to put together a bid, raise money and buy the site.

The city council decided to close Temple Cowley Pools in 2010 and since then the Save Temple Cowley Pools group has been fighting to keep it open.

A new swimming complex next to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, in Pegasus Road, is expected to be finished in December.

This has been delayed by two judicial reviews which went to the High Court – with the council ultimately going ahead with its plans.

The city council has said it has to close Temple Cowley Pools because it is too expensive to keep running and it is no longer fit for purpose.

It put the site up for sale in January but no price has been put on the area, which is earmarked for 26 homes. Instead the city council is accepting bids.

  •  To see the Save Temple Cowley Pools plans for the site visit Templars Square in Cowley on Saturday between 10am and 3.30pm.

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12:17pm Thu 1 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again.
and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again. HomerSimpsonDoh
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1:16pm Thu 1 May 14

Canismajoris says...

Parking at Temple Cowley pool is a nightmare now, add a community center and housing where are the people going to park?
Parking at Temple Cowley pool is a nightmare now, add a community center and housing where are the people going to park? Canismajoris
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Thu 1 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again.
Well, on the 17th April, they did set up their own company to purchase and run it. It should be a net gain to the tax-payer with the £1.5M sale price, the developers contribution for the 20 or so apartments as well as the annual income from business rates (if applicable) and council tax.

Well, when I say "they", last time I checked it was a one man company with just one 50-something white male director being appointed.

Come on Nigel. Surely there must be at least one woman in East Oxford area who signed the petition that can be trusted to be a co-director of the company!

SaveTCP CIC - (Company Number 09002684).

Overview

Date Registered: 17/04/20
14
Type: Community Interest Company
Appointments: 1
First Accounts Due: 17/01/2016
First Returns Due: 15/05/2015
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Registered Office

Oxford Greenprint Room
1/oarc
East Oxford Community Centre
Princes Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX4 1DD

Appointment 1 - Nigel ***** ******* Gibson – Director, DoB **/**/195*

Nationality: BRITISH
Country of Residence: UNITED KINGDOM
Occupation: NONE
Other Appointments: 0

Address:
**
**
**
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again.[/p][/quote]Well, on the 17th April, they did set up their own company to purchase and run it. It should be a net gain to the tax-payer with the £1.5M sale price, the developers contribution for the 20 or so apartments as well as the annual income from business rates (if applicable) and council tax. Well, when I say "they", last time I checked it was a one man company with just one 50-something white male director being appointed. Come on Nigel. Surely there must be at least one woman in East Oxford area who signed the petition that can be trusted to be a co-director of the company! SaveTCP CIC - (Company Number 09002684). Overview Date Registered: 17/04/20 14 Type: Community Interest Company Appointments: 1 First Accounts Due: 17/01/2016 First Returns Due: 15/05/2015 Country of Origin: United Kingdom Registered Office Oxford Greenprint Room 1/oarc East Oxford Community Centre Princes Street Oxford Oxfordshire OX4 1DD Appointment 1 - Nigel ***** ******* Gibson – Director, DoB **/**/195* Nationality: BRITISH Country of Residence: UNITED KINGDOM Occupation: NONE Other Appointments: 0 Address: ** ** ** Oxford Oxfordshire OX Andrew:Oxford
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1:35am Tue 6 May 14

SaveTCP says...

Really surprising that's all the information you can find, A:O. But remember the Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign exists to keep facilities open for the community, ensuring people have health and fitness facilities that they want and need, where they want and need them.

And a Community Interest Company has been set up by the Campaign to work with the Council and take over and operate Temple Cowley Pools. If you want more information, apply to become a member of the CIC - just email savetcp@gmail.com. Now, remind us again, what is it that you've done to support your local community. Or do you think making snide comments on a newspaper messageboard counts as that?
Really surprising that's all the information you can find, A:O. But remember the Save Temple Cowley Pools Campaign exists to keep facilities open for the community, ensuring people have health and fitness facilities that they want and need, where they want and need them. And a Community Interest Company has been set up by the Campaign to work with the Council and take over and operate Temple Cowley Pools. If you want more information, apply to become a member of the CIC - just email savetcp@gmail.com. Now, remind us again, what is it that you've done to support your local community. Or do you think making snide comments on a newspaper messageboard counts as that? SaveTCP
  • Score: 0

8:06am Tue 6 May 14

SaveTCP says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again.
The millions of wasted taxpayers' money has been by the City Council on their white elephant of a vanity project, which will cost in total over £13m - specialist swimming pool contractors could have provided the same 25m non-Olympic pool for less than £2m.

This pool is not intended for Blackbird Leys, which is a 'site of convenience' that gifts a brand new facility to the Swimming Club (how many other sports clubs would like such a benefaction) and enables Fusion to increase their profits by closing two facilities that people still want while getting rid of over 30 staff.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: and how much are they prepared to put in of their own money, or is it going to cost the taxpayer thousands of wasted pounds again.[/p][/quote]The millions of wasted taxpayers' money has been by the City Council on their white elephant of a vanity project, which will cost in total over £13m - specialist swimming pool contractors could have provided the same 25m non-Olympic pool for less than £2m. This pool is not intended for Blackbird Leys, which is a 'site of convenience' that gifts a brand new facility to the Swimming Club (how many other sports clubs would like such a benefaction) and enables Fusion to increase their profits by closing two facilities that people still want while getting rid of over 30 staff. SaveTCP
  • Score: 0

8:10am Tue 6 May 14

SaveTCP says...

Canismajoris wrote:
Parking at Temple Cowley pool is a nightmare now, add a community center and housing where are the people going to park?
We'd be interested in your view on this - please email savetcp@gmail.com. When do you experience this 'nightmare'? Do you know who actually uses the car park at the moment? And what do you think could be done about it?

The Campaign is gathering views about how the site could be improved - everyone is welcome to contribute - we are working on developing Temple Cowley Pools into a focus for the community to provide services that people want and need, where they want and need them.
[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: Parking at Temple Cowley pool is a nightmare now, add a community center and housing where are the people going to park?[/p][/quote]We'd be interested in your view on this - please email savetcp@gmail.com. When do you experience this 'nightmare'? Do you know who actually uses the car park at the moment? And what do you think could be done about it? The Campaign is gathering views about how the site could be improved - everyone is welcome to contribute - we are working on developing Temple Cowley Pools into a focus for the community to provide services that people want and need, where they want and need them. SaveTCP
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