Nicola is supporting the local campaign to keep Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool open, and has submitted her views formally to the public consultation. Click here: Nicola Blackwood public consultation 7th April to see Nicola’s letter to the Vale Council in full.
There has been an open air pool in Abingdon since the 1880’s, and the pool is enjoyed by families throughout the summer months along with the beautiful grounds of Abbey Meadow. The Vale of White Horse District Council have been consulting on the future of the options for the pool. The options include:
Scenario A: the pool would be refurbished to ensure it can continue to open over the summer months, and public toilets will be improved
Scenario B: a new riverside cafe or restaurant would be built, along with new toilet facilities within the cafe
Scenario C: much of Abbey Meadow would be transformed to a ‘flexible green space’ that would allow different activities, events, performances etc to take place.
Nicola has made clear her position that Scenario A, keeping the pool open and refurbishing its facilities, would be the best option for the local community. She knows the pool is in need of a bit of TLC, few would argue with this, it would be great to see the public toilets and changing room refurbished and the priority should be keeping the pool open.
As with any proposal for development or redevelopment in the local area, Nicola argues that we shouldn’t alter the character of the area and this pool is clearly part of what makes Abingdon special.
The Vale Council are now in a period of purdah during the election period, and so will take a decision on this in the summer.