Community Win for Jubilee Pool


The Cabinet's handling of this matter has been confusing from start to finish. The report now admits that the first plan was to close the pool and this was what was said would happen in the Cabinet Report and the Full Council Cabinet decision. This stance was backed up by a disgraceful 4 page hatchet job masquerading as an Equalities Impact Assessment.

I am very glad that the Council's position has changed but it is regrettable that uncertainty hung over Jubilee for so long. This has not been helpful to the operators who rely on selling new and renewed annual memberships and were delayed in their marketing campaign.  Fortunately the huge local show of support gave them confidence and of course helped to get a satisfactory sign off.

The Cabinet's handling of this matter has been confusing from start to finish. The report now admits that the first plan was to close the pool and this was what was said would happen in the Cabinet Report and the Full Council Cabinet decision. This stance was backed up by a disgraceful 4 page hatchet job masquerading as an Equalities Impact Assessment.

I am very glad that the Council's position has changed but it is regrettable that uncertainty hung over Jubilee for so long. This has not been helpful to the operators who rely on selling new and renewed annual memberships and were delayed in their marketing campaign.  Fortunately the huge local show of support gave them confidence and of course helped to get a satisfactory sign off.

It is noticeable that there is no Capital Investment into Jubilee Pool, although rumours spread through the South Bristol Labour Party just before the election talked of a £100.000 investment which of course went to the rugby scheme.  The Capital Investments that have made this deal possible were the £200,000 invested in Jubilee in 2006 and the £400,000+ that was invested in 2011 to crucially provide the new mini gym.

It is also extremely regrettable that despite giving me verbal assurances on 18th July in Full Council* that as a City Leader and Councillor I could ask anything I wanted (this about Libraries), 2 days later I was denied access to the Supplementary Report on Jubilee Pool, when of course I, as ward Councillor and Group Leader, have a need and right to know.

I wish to thank the Members of the Cabinet in 2006 and 2011, the Friends of Jubilee Pool who are mainly in Knowle and Brislington West and the over 6000 people who have backed our petition who have ensured at least a further 5 years of our vital local pool.


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