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Blackbird Leys to get new £7m pool

Oxford Mail: City councillor Bob Timbs outside Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre City councillor Bob Timbs outside Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre

A £7M swimming pool will be built in Blackbird Leys as the centrepiece of a major overhaul of Oxford’s aging leisure facilities.

Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped.

Instead, a six-lane competition pool will be built and both the Temple Cowley Pool and the existing pool at Blackbird Leys will close.

The city council hopes the new pool, which could be used by local swimming clubs, schools and the public, will be built as early as 2012.

The complex is also expected to have a second pool featuring a ‘floating floor’, which allows the depth of the pool to be adjusted for learners and disabled swimmers.

City council executive member for leisure Bob Timbs said: “It’s an exciting project.

“The new pool will be built to high modern standards to meet the needs of competition, while providing good quality leisure swimming.

“It would be wonderful if it could be built in the year of the Olympics.”

He said an indoor water park would have been too costly to maintain and a pool alongside a new Oxford ice rink was also too expensive.

The city council is hoping a competition pool attached to Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre will attract substantial funding from Sport England.

It would also be partly funded from savings from the closure of Temple Cowley Pool.

The new pool is part of an extensive package of proposals, which went before the city council’s executive board last night.

The massive regeneration scheme follows the council’s deal with Fusion Lifestyles. The charitable trust has been awarded a 10-year contract to manage the council’s leisure facilities.

It is run in a similar way to SOLL leisure, which operates facilities for the Vale of White Horse District Council and ploughs money it makes back into centres.

Temple Cowley pool, where the ceiling is held up with temporary scaffolding , is expected to remain open until the new Blackbird Leys pool is completed.

The council currently has seven leisure facilities managed under a contract with Fusion Lifestyle that runs until 2019, with an option to extend this for a further five years.

Fusion has already announced plans to install a £90,000 gym above Barton Pool, in Waynflete Road.

Meanwhile, the outdoor Hinksey Pool should see new investment with the relining of the pool made a priority.

Ferry Sport Centre, the city council’s busiest facility, which was refurbished in 2004/05, should get an extension to its gym.

Councillors were told Blackbird Leys Pool was not well-used.

A report said it was “a financial timebomb ticking away, with the pool plant in need of replacement at a cost of £275,000”.

Oxford Ice Rink will need £1.7m investment over the next four years. But plans to transform it into a multi-million-pound leisure centre are to be dropped.

The report said: “Consultation has found an ice rink is viewed as a ‘must-have’ facility within the West End Development.

“Due to the recession, the likelihood of the ice rink being rebuilt within the life of the 10-year contract is viewed as minimal.

“As such Fusion are planning to make improvements to the site to deal with essential repairs and maintenance, improve energy efficiency and improve usage.”

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8:00am Thu 21 May 09

BigAlBiker says...

Ahh them in BBL again, so that was a nice new fancy Leisure centre a few years ago and now a smart new pool, what it's like to be poor? Seems BBL gets all the perks and money spent.
Ahh them in BBL again, so that was a nice new fancy Leisure centre a few years ago and now a smart new pool, what it's like to be poor? Seems BBL gets all the perks and money spent. BigAlBiker
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9:06am Thu 21 May 09

BartSimpson says...

What a snob and retard you are Bigbiker. Where does it say that the swiming pool is for residents of Blackbird Leys only??
Is Hinskey pools just for residents that live in Abingdon Road?? Still as you come from a small inbreed village I should expect nothing else.
What a snob and retard you are Bigbiker. Where does it say that the swiming pool is for residents of Blackbird Leys only?? Is Hinskey pools just for residents that live in Abingdon Road?? Still as you come from a small inbreed village I should expect nothing else. BartSimpson
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10:32am Thu 21 May 09

William Bonnie says...

"What a snob and retard you are Bigbiker. Where does it say that the swiming pool is for residents of Blackbird Leys only??
Is Hinskey pools just for residents that live in Abingdon Road?? Still as you come from a small inbreed village I should expect nothing else."
How very cross you are sir."Hinskey" is an open air pool and apart from that all the facilities are stuck at one side of the City. The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily, so perhaps the Council should think again about The Ice Rink site. Abingdon has a good pool anyway and so residents in the BBL-Kennington-Abing
don corridor are highly favoured
"What a snob and retard you are Bigbiker. Where does it say that the swiming pool is for residents of Blackbird Leys only?? Is Hinskey pools just for residents that live in Abingdon Road?? Still as you come from a small inbreed village I should expect nothing else." How very cross you are sir."Hinskey" is an open air pool and apart from that all the facilities are stuck at one side of the City. The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily, so perhaps the Council should think again about The Ice Rink site. Abingdon has a good pool anyway and so residents in the BBL-Kennington-Abing don corridor are highly favoured William Bonnie
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10:57am Thu 21 May 09

Andrew:Oxford says...

About time!

The Cowley Pool is a disgrace. The BB Leys pool is tiny and only open for a few hours a day, so it's hardly surprising it's badly used.

I currently travel through to the White Horse Leisure Centre at Abington if I'd like a swim - the benefit being that generally speaking there's always lanes open for all swimmers from 6am-10pm every day - unlike the Oxford Pools which are run like private members clubs only open to the general public for a few hours per week in the evenings.

The trouble with Abingdon is that whilst but 5 miles directly from Oxford it's around a 30 mile round trip by car.
About time! The Cowley Pool is a disgrace. The BB Leys pool is tiny and only open for a few hours a day, so it's hardly surprising it's badly used. I currently travel through to the White Horse Leisure Centre at Abington if I'd like a swim - the benefit being that generally speaking there's always lanes open for all swimmers from 6am-10pm every day - unlike the Oxford Pools which are run like private members clubs only open to the general public for a few hours per week in the evenings. The trouble with Abingdon is that whilst but 5 miles directly from Oxford it's around a 30 mile round trip by car. Andrew:Oxford
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11:03am Thu 21 May 09

DanOxford says...

'The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily'

This is a most bizarre statement.

Hardly anyone lives in the city centre, it's a nightmare to get to, the council charge users car parking for existing faciliies such as the ice rink and there is no space for a swimming pool.

Hopefully the pool will be maintained at a higher temperature than the one at Barton.
'The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily' This is a most bizarre statement. Hardly anyone lives in the city centre, it's a nightmare to get to, the council charge users car parking for existing faciliies such as the ice rink and there is no space for a swimming pool. Hopefully the pool will be maintained at a higher temperature than the one at Barton. DanOxford
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11:42am Thu 21 May 09

LadyPenelope says...

William Bonnie said:
"The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily"

HUH?!? That would be the worst location, as there's no parking, buses are too expensive, and most people wanting to use the facility live on the outskirts and probably own a car.

BBL is actually quite a good place to build one, although why not an 8 lane pool rather than 6??
Hopefully they'll have sense to build a big car park!
William Bonnie said: "The best site for a facility like this is surely the City Centre where all can reach it easily" HUH?!? That would be the worst location, as there's no parking, buses are too expensive, and most people wanting to use the facility live on the outskirts and probably own a car. BBL is actually quite a good place to build one, although why not an 8 lane pool rather than 6?? Hopefully they'll have sense to build a big car park! LadyPenelope
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1:18pm Thu 21 May 09

Andyrooo says...

"Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped."

Why Why Why???
That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that!
The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell.
As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.
"Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides. Andyrooo
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2:04pm Thu 21 May 09

Andrew:Oxford says...

Andyrooo wrote:
"Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.
Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically.

It's more important to get the core elements right.

A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Andyrooo[/bold] wrote: "Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.[/p][/quote]Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically. It's more important to get the core elements right. A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago. Andrew:Oxford
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2:22pm Thu 21 May 09

chavster says...

old zimmer wrote:
The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.
That is very insulting to the residents of Blackbird Leys! Anyway, we should be thankful they'll at least get a wash now and again.
[quote][p][bold]old zimmer[/bold] wrote: The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.[/p][/quote]That is very insulting to the residents of Blackbird Leys! Anyway, we should be thankful they'll at least get a wash now and again. chavster
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2:25pm Thu 21 May 09

chavster says...

old zimmer wrote:
The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.
That is very insulting to Leys residents. At least now they'll get a wash now and again.
[quote][p][bold]old zimmer[/bold] wrote: The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.[/p][/quote]That is very insulting to Leys residents. At least now they'll get a wash now and again. chavster
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2:38pm Thu 21 May 09

old zimmer says...

Good point Chavman. I wonder if they give free soap and shampoo with every entry.
Good point Chavman. I wonder if they give free soap and shampoo with every entry. old zimmer
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3:22pm Thu 21 May 09

online_reader says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Andyrooo wrote:
"Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.
Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically.

It's more important to get the core elements right.

A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago.
Didcot Wave Pool is still open (and extremely popular) however it has just changed management. SOLL Leisure have been replaced by Nexus so the old website won't work. Go to http://www.nexuscomm
unity.co.uk/
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andyrooo[/bold] wrote: "Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.[/p][/quote]Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically. It's more important to get the core elements right. A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago.[/p][/quote]Didcot Wave Pool is still open (and extremely popular) however it has just changed management. SOLL Leisure have been replaced by Nexus so the old website won't work. Go to http://www.nexuscomm unity.co.uk/ online_reader
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3:50pm Thu 21 May 09

Andyrooo says...

online_reader wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Andyrooo wrote: "Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.
Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically. It's more important to get the core elements right. A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago.
Didcot Wave Pool is still open (and extremely popular) however it has just changed management. SOLL Leisure have been replaced by Nexus so the old website won't work. Go to http://www.nexuscomm unity.co.uk/
Yes there is the 'Didcot Wave' but i'm on about a leisure facility to compliment a great historic city like Oxford. Something to make all the other counties jealous.
Don't get me wrong i am not knocking the Didcot wave i just think we deserve something a bit more exciting than a 6 lane competition pool.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andyrooo[/bold] wrote: "Plans to build an indoor water park with slides and a wave machine next to the leisure centre on the estate have been dropped." Why Why Why??? That would be great! I would love.... I mean my kids would love that! The nearest place for something like this is Swindon or Bracknell. As far as i am aware Oxfordshire has not got a pool with wave machines and slides.[/p][/quote]Imagine because it costs a fortune, requires countless additional staff for safety and after about 3 years they tend to be very tired looking and attendences drop dramatically. It's more important to get the core elements right. A quick "Google" for flumes and waves in Oxfordshre suggests a "Dicot Wave Leisure Pool" it's also listed in Yellow pages, but the link through to the SOLL website doesn't work so it may well have closed years ago.[/p][/quote]Didcot Wave Pool is still open (and extremely popular) however it has just changed management. SOLL Leisure have been replaced by Nexus so the old website won't work. Go to http://www.nexuscomm unity.co.uk/[/p][/quote]Yes there is the 'Didcot Wave' but i'm on about a leisure facility to compliment a great historic city like Oxford. Something to make all the other counties jealous. Don't get me wrong i am not knocking the Didcot wave i just think we deserve something a bit more exciting than a 6 lane competition pool. Andyrooo
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4:30pm Thu 21 May 09

Andrew:Oxford says...

old zimmer wrote:
The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.
It's rather unfair to scare people with weak constitutions with this nonsense. Remember it's going to be operated by a private co rather than the local authority so there'll be decent security in place - no wishy washy hand wringing.

With good opening hours this area will become quite busy at night. Can imagine it being pretty busy daytime and evenings too - there are approx 10,000 people working within a short walk (science park, business park, BMW, Unipart)of the proposed pool site.
[quote][p][bold]old zimmer[/bold] wrote: The only problem with the site is that it is inacessable by public transport after dark, due to the fact that you are likely to get mugged waiting for the bus, and if you drive you will be lucky to find your car in one piece after your swim. Bring Temple Cowley Pool up to spek. That is the answer.[/p][/quote]It's rather unfair to scare people with weak constitutions with this nonsense. Remember it's going to be operated by a private co rather than the local authority so there'll be decent security in place - no wishy washy hand wringing. With good opening hours this area will become quite busy at night. Can imagine it being pretty busy daytime and evenings too - there are approx 10,000 people working within a short walk (science park, business park, BMW, Unipart)of the proposed pool site. Andrew:Oxford
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5:35am Sun 24 May 09

old zimmer says...

The well heeled workers of the science park, and business park, will avoid going to B/B/Leys like the plague. But you might get a few of the less discerning from the car factory though.
The well heeled workers of the science park, and business park, will avoid going to B/B/Leys like the plague. But you might get a few of the less discerning from the car factory though. old zimmer
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