Public meeting to discuss long term future of Jubilee Pool

A public meeting is being held on 17 May to look at the long term future of a much-loved swimming pool in Knowle – which is only safe until March 2022.

The Save Jubilee Pool campaign helped give the popular Jubilee Pool a reprieve in January this year – the third time it had been saved from closure.

The historic pool, which is 84 years old this month, had been under threat as operators Parkwood Leisure had found it “financially unviable”.

But due to the strength of feeling from the community with a petition of over 4,400 signatures – Bristol City Council agreed a more cost-effective plan with Parkwood – so the pool could stay open until next year when its contract runs out.

Demonstration outside the pool in August last year. Picture Julie Laming.

In January the council announced the pool would be able to open after lockdown – and was secure until March 2022.

But Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said “work must continue to make it financially sustainable in the long term.”

A cross party group of councillors was established last September to look at the long term future of the facility. And a public consultation about the pool was extended until November.

The facility finally reopened to the public on 12 April – having been closed since the first lockdown in March 2020.

“…the joy its reopening has bought for so many people is great to see.”

Julie Laming of the Save Jubilee Pool campaign says: “We have the pool back up and running, albeit it on a reduced capacity basis, which is just wonderful.

“There is a real buzz about the place and the joy its reopening has bought for so many people is great to see. The pool and gym are proving really popular (as we knew it would be) with the majority of sessions full.”

She said membership numbers were higher than pre-COVID and schools would be starting to use it this week.

A number of swimming clubs were also returning and family swims were running at the weekends.. 

She added: “The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the group, explain what we do and how we need to move forward to ensure the longer term viability of Jubilee Pool – as it is only safe until March 2022 following funding from Sport England. 

“Also to encourage more people to join us to help support Jubilee.” 

The meeting is being run by the Friends of Jubilee Pool on Monday 17 May at 8pm via Zoom.

Everyone in the surrounding areas – including Knowle West is being invited to join the meeting by emailing savejubileepool@hotmail.com 

To become a member of Jubilee Pool visit the website.

https://www.facebook.com/savejubilee/