All we need now is water

Checking progress on the pool, from left, Ben Oakley-Rowland, from Fusion Lifestyle’; Pascal Roger, from Willmott Dixon; and Mike Rowley, city council board member for leisure

Checking progress on the pool, from left, Ben Oakley-Rowland, from Fusion Lifestyle’; Pascal Roger, from Willmott Dixon; and Mike Rowley, city council board member for leisure Buy this photo

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A NEW £9.23m swimming centre is taking shape in Blackbird Leys.

Work on the new pools started in July last year and is still on target to finish in December.

Yesterday the Oxford Mail was allowed to take pictures inside the Pegasus Road building for the first time since work began.

Pascal Roger, a site manager for construction firm Willmott Dixon, said: “The main pool is 80 per cent tiled now. It is just the floor to finish. We are due for completion in December and we are on target for that.”

The Oxford City Council pool is being built to replace Temple Cowley Pools and the existing Blackbird Leys Pool.

It will have an eight-lane, 25-metre pool, a teaching pool, soft play area and new changing facilities.

Steve Lee, spokesman for Fusion Lifestyle, which will manage the pools, said: “It will be a fantastic flagship facility for Oxford.”

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9:54am Sat 9 Aug 14

norton manor says...

wonderful!!!!
wonderful!!!! norton manor
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

About time too, if it wasn't for those trying to keep the temple cowley dump open, this pool would be up and running by now.
About time too, if it wasn't for those trying to keep the temple cowley dump open, this pool would be up and running by now. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -6

12:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

I won't be using either, however, if the council can afford £9.23m plus £18.36m redesign of the city’s five tower blocks, why have they been complaining about cutbacks? Why is my council tax now over £2,000.00 for a very modest house? Never mind fuel poverty those living in Oxford are suffering council tax poverty.
I won't be using either, however, if the council can afford £9.23m plus £18.36m redesign of the city’s five tower blocks, why have they been complaining about cutbacks? Why is my council tax now over £2,000.00 for a very modest house? Never mind fuel poverty those living in Oxford are suffering council tax poverty. mytaxes
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

If your council tax is over £2,000 then you are living in a very expensive house and can afford it, or you just making up figures again?..
If your council tax is over £2,000 then you are living in a very expensive house and can afford it, or you just making up figures again?.. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -7

4:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

Homer: two up two down terrace house no front garden, small front room, sitting room, extension for kitchen and upstairs bathroom, band E please do not accuse me of making up figures.
Homer: two up two down terrace house no front garden, small front room, sitting room, extension for kitchen and upstairs bathroom, band E please do not accuse me of making up figures. mytaxes
  • Score: 5

1:54am Sun 10 Aug 14

The New Private Eye says...

mytaxes wrote:
Homer: two up two down terrace house no front garden, small front room, sitting room, extension for kitchen and upstairs bathroom, band E please do not accuse me of making up figures.
That sounds like the average house in Great Clarendon or Cranham Streets that would be worth about £700K . you could get a three bed with front garden and very large back garden for just over half that money East of The Bridge and save £700 on your council tax as well. But as you choose to live in Jericho, then you just have to pay up and be happy
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: Homer: two up two down terrace house no front garden, small front room, sitting room, extension for kitchen and upstairs bathroom, band E please do not accuse me of making up figures.[/p][/quote]That sounds like the average house in Great Clarendon or Cranham Streets that would be worth about £700K . you could get a three bed with front garden and very large back garden for just over half that money East of The Bridge and save £700 on your council tax as well. But as you choose to live in Jericho, then you just have to pay up and be happy The New Private Eye
  • Score: -5

7:24am Sun 10 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

I don't live in Jericho but that is irrelevant , council tax has increased year on year whilst councillors cut services and blame the cuts.
I don't live in Jericho but that is irrelevant , council tax has increased year on year whilst councillors cut services and blame the cuts. mytaxes
  • Score: 3

11:38am Sun 10 Aug 14

King Joke says...

Mytaxes, I too pay £2k+ pa in council tax. I am very happy with the money being spent on the kinds of things councils should be doing, like renovating the public housing stock and building sports facilities. It's the kind of thing people in other countries take for granted. I'd prefer that to paying £1k, and living in a city with crumbling facilities.
Mytaxes, I too pay £2k+ pa in council tax. I am very happy with the money being spent on the kinds of things councils should be doing, like renovating the public housing stock and building sports facilities. It's the kind of thing people in other countries take for granted. I'd prefer that to paying £1k, and living in a city with crumbling facilities. King Joke
  • Score: 1

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