Last chance to have your say on Jubilee Pool

Survey closes on 19 February

Campaigners battling to save a much-loved pool in Knowle from the threat of closure by taking it into community ownership are asking for people’s views.

Jubilee Pool has been welcoming residents for the past 85 years and has already been saved three times.

A group of local volunteers, Friends of Jubilee Pool, who have been fighting to stop the facility being shut down want to take it on as a Community Asset Transfer (CAT).

They want the pool to be “sustainable, accessible and of the highest quality” and make it a “community-led, not-for-profit and inclusive facility for everyone in Knowle and South Bristol.”

To help the community group write a strong business plan and make this happen, they need to know what’s important to local people – whether they are pool users or not.

Recently a well attended 24-hour sponsored swim was held to help raise much needed-funds for the cause.

Julie Laming from the group says: “The Jubilee-athon was a great success. South Bristol did Jubilee Pool proud and todate we have raised more than £31,000. This will be used for the costs of the Second Stage of the CAT process.

“Whilst still waiting to formally hear from the Council that they have accepted our Expression of Interest and are happy to move forward to Stage 2, we are working at risk on the business plan, as this has to be completed within a very tight timescale.”  

The pool is currently managed by Parkwood Leisure – and Bristol City Council is in the process of trying to extend the contract until the end of September.

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