Fight to save Jubilee Pool to go before council

The campaign to save Jubilee Swimming Pool will now go before full council in June – with over 5,000 people signing a petition.

The much-loved pool in Knowle – which is 80 this year – has been well used by many residents, following the closure of Filwood Pool in 2005.

Local people and councillors held a protest outside Jubilee in February after hearing it could be closed.

Bristol City Council plans to withdraw its £62,000 subsidy to Parkwood Community Leisure, which runs the pool, as part of its budget cuts. Campaigners had to reach over 3,5000 signatures before the matter could be debated at full council on 20 June.

Nicola Skinner who started the Save Jubilee Campaign said: “We now have a great group of supporters and have formed Friends of Jubilee Pool with a Secretary, Chair and Treasurer – and that means officially raising funds.  We would be able to build relationships with the council and Parkwood for a collaborative approach to safeguarding the pool’s future.

“People have started swimming there so much more since they thought it was going to close… it really is voting with your wallet…”

Knowle West resident Gloria Tucker (74) campaigned to stop Filwood Pool closing  – and when it did, started using the Jubilee Pool.

She said: “It would be a shame if another historic building was to go… Jubilee was is near and easy to reach by bus, it’s a good size and the water is warm and it’s cheaper. It’s a real community facility. I’ve even taken my drama group there for a trip.”

Patrick Lawton , Manager of Jubilee and Hengrove Leisure Centre said the team at Parkwood Community Leisure recognised “the importance of Jubilee Pool to the local community”.

He said: “The pool continues to attract a loyal customer base from residents within the immediate area, so in response to this support and in light of the current financial pressures, we are in discussions with Bristol City Council to  consider all options available with regards to the centre’s future operation”.

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “Since the decision was taken to remove the council’s subsidy for running the pool we’ve been in regular contact with the operator Parkwood Leisure. Council officers have been in discussion with Parkwood to find a sustainable model for the pool since August last year. Parkwood Leisure have presented some proposals which we are currently considering.”

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