Following the start of an eight week consultation on the future of Jubilee Pool in Knowle, a petition has begun calling for the facility to remain open. Addressing this call, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said:
“We’ve worked with the provider, Parkwood Leisure, to come up with a viable financial plan but given our respective finances it’s unlikely we will find a solution. We, however, are not the only parties in a position to step in. The future of the pool remains undecided and this consultation is an opportunity for people to express their views and a rallying call for the community to come forward with a solution. I see and hear many passionate views expressed about the pool and respect the calls for a petition to demonstrate this depth of feeling. I would challenge organisers though to go a step beyond petitioning and call on ward members and local leaders to explore what opportunities are open to the community to take on the facility’s operation. We’ve got a strong track record of working with communities to transfer assets for the benefit of the local area and are willing and eager to have this conversation should ward councillors or a community group step forward.
“Any future decision on the pool will be taken with community needs and feelings considered fully. These will have to be considered alongside elements such as wider access to similar facilities where we have invested, in Hengrove and Bristol South, the sustainability of the pool and our financial position. Despite the constraints on our finances we’ve done much to secure children’s centres, libraries and parks facilities in the area and are continuing to deliver investment in housing, education and transport in South Bristol.”