Last night was the Leith Ward hustings. All six candidates standing for Council were in attendence, with most managing to not to lose the plot as they were asked questions from Leith voters, including Splashback.
Candidates for the three seats are as follows:
Chas Booth (Green)
Adam McVey (SNP)
Rob Munn (SNP)
Gordon Munro (Labour)
Nicola Ross (Con)
Marjorie Thomas (Lib-Dem)
Below is a collation of the tweets which we have compiled for all the Splashback supporters who couldn't make it - to let them know what happened.
A fuller response will be made next week... Enjoy the sunshine: a good weekend to go swimming!
On the 22 December last year, we asked the Council to keep to their promise to keep Leith Waterworld open until the Commonwealth Pool opened (i.e. March), allowing them time to 'investigate all the options' which might allow LWW to stay open. All parties, bar the Greens, voted for closure on 8 Jan.
On the 3 February, we again presented a deputation requesting that the sale be put on hold for six months to see if a community bid might be viable. This time all parties (bar the Tories...) found it somewhat easier and more palatable to be positive, and so voted to delay the sale of Leith Waterworld. Splashback's response was lukewarm - we were well aware that would mean a lot of hard work, which for us as activists and volunteers means a lot of unpaid work, but our goal remained and remains to see Leith Waterworld reopen.
We argued that day, that we were not 'the' community, but just one element (albeit the only element who seemed to want to look deeper into whether closure was the only option). The Council, Edinburgh Leisure, the social enterprise sector, other interested parties, us, and the wider community would all have to be engaged and required to pull together if a community bid is to be successful... We have been working so far to that end. To date we have had no contact from the Council, and no concrete offers of support (a name (not even an email address!) of someone else to contact is not quite enough, is it?). We are serious, are they?
Please do come tomorrow night and add your voice to the campaign to re-open Leith Waterworld. We will be asking questions of all the parties, and hope that their responses might interest you.
I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that "eyeball to eyeball is best" as Ewan Aikten does - that's getting a little bit too intimate with our politicians - a straight answer will do!