Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Don't pull the plug!

Edinburgh celebrities have thrown their weight behind the public campaign to save Edinburgh's only leisure pool, Leith Waterworld, from closure on 8 January 2012. Condemnation of the planned closure from Irvine Welsh, David Greig, The Proclaimers and John Loughton comes as the tally of petition signatures against the Council axing reaches over 5,000...

The Splashback! campaign is tomorrow taking its case for a reprieve for the well-loved amenity to the full Council in the morning.  Campaigners are arguing that the Council should stand by it's 2007 promise to keep the facility open until the Royal Commonwealth Pool is 'open to the public'.  The delay would also allow the Council to wait to see results of the Equality Impact Assessment, which assesses whether certain users groups would be particularly hard hit by the proposed closure.  As of yet, the EqIA has not been done by Edinburgh Leisure, despite being a requirement of the funding agreement between the two bodies. 

Splashback! believes that any decision on the future of the pool by the Councillors must be based on up-to-date information and furthermore believes that a meaningful assessment of the proposed closure will reveal the unfair impact that the decision to close would have on toddlers, children, , families, people with disabilities and people in Leith. 

Splashback! has been overwhelmed, but not surprised, by the support the campaign and the cause has received over the past three weeks.

Full text of the Evening News article here:

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