Campaign steps up to save Knowle's Jubilee swimming pool
CAMPAIGNERS have urged residents to have their say – and quickly – if they want to save Knowle's Jubilee pool from a renewed threat of closure.The pool is under threat for a second time. A campaign saved it from possible closure last September after its operator, parkwood, agreed to run it for another five years without any subsidy from the council.
Pictured: the pool as it was on opening in 1938
CAMPAIGNERS have urged residents to have their say – and quickly – if they want to save Knowle's Jubilee pool from a renewed threat of closure.
The pool is under threat for a second time. A campaign saved it from possible closure last September after its operator, parkwood, agreed to run it for another five years without any subsidy from the council.
But now the council's long-term strategy for leisure facilities says the pool could be at risk when the contract ends in 2022.
Campaigners are angry that the new strategy suggests not only that people who use Jubilee could got to the pool in Hengrove instead – but also that they could make a trip to another pool in Keynsham, about four miles away.
Consultation on the strategy closes on Feburary 20 – before the next edition of the Voice is published.
A statement from the Friends of Jubilee Pool reads:
"The consultation for Bristol City Council’s Sport and Active Recreation Facility strategy is currently open to the public and due to close on 20 February.
The Friends of Jubilee Pool are urging everyone to stand up and make their views heard about Jubilee Pool, much loved and well used community asset, to secure its long term future.
After a high profile and successful campaign by the group last year, BCC pledged to extend the pool’s contract for the next 5 years in collaboration with the operator, Parkwood Leisure. However the inclusion of Jubilee pool within the Strategy suggests that once this period ends, the site may again be earmarked for alternative use.
A spokesperson for the group said, “Over 6,000 users signed the petition to keep our pool open last year, demonstrating how important this facility is to our community. We want to ensure that it is not threatened with closure again. This is about a long term strategy for Jubilee not a five year one.”
“Jubilee Pool serves so many protected groups for whom there are no viable alternative swimming solutions. It is senseless to suggest that people can travel to Hengrove or Keynsham if it closes.”
The consultation is asking for the views of both individuals and sports’ groups.
Paper copies of the strategy can also be collected from pool’s reception. Postal address: Sports Team (City Hall) P.O Box 3176 Bristol BS3 9FS.
Those responding do not need to complete all sections of the survey – only the ‘About you’ and ‘Swimming Pools’ categories. For more advice on how to respond to the survey, please take a look at the ‘Save Jubilee Pool from Closure’ Facebook page. The survey takes two minutes to complete and could help secure the future of the pool.
Following the consultation The Friends of Jubilee pool are planning a public meeting (April/May) to discuss the findings published by the Council. With the help of local residents and pool users they hope to draw up a joint action plan between Parkwood and Bristol City Council to address the immediate maintenance issues and develop a more sustainable strategy for the future."