SaveTCP cic - Developing Temple Cowley Pools, Energising the Community
We have formed a Community Interest Company, and have asked for a Community Asset Transfer of the TCP site; we will operate the centre as usual, and develop the facilities for the whole community.
The City Councillors were asked to approve our request for a Community Asset Transfer at a special City Executive Board meeting on Wednesday, 10th December at 5pm. They decided to deny the public the opportunity to take over operating TCP
Full Council - this is the last council meeting before we submitted our bid. The 8th petition, signed by you, the general public, was debated - it asked the Council yet again to listen to the community it is there to serve and enable us to work with them to keep TCP operating. The latest plans were on show for the councillors to see before the debate. As expected, the public's request fell on deaf ears.
MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER - THE COMMUNITY'S PROPOSAL TO KEEP TCP OPERATIONAL SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL
WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER - CITY EXECUTIVE BOARD. LABOUR COUNCILLORS DECIDE WHETHER TO ACCEPT WHAT THE COMMUNITY WANTS AND KEEP TCP OPEN, OR DEFY THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND HAND THE SITE OVER TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS, LEAVING THE COWLEY COMMUNITY WITHOUT YET ANOTHER FACILITY
5th May : Council confirms they are unable to meet on our requested date - we await a date from them
We ask to meet the Council to understand whether and how they will work with us to develop a bid that they will accept.
Freedom of Information request reveals the process for the commercial organisations bidding to build housing while we work on our proposal. A preferred bidder will be selected and negotiated with, ready to sign contracts after 7th October. If, of course, our proposal is found unacceptable.
1st May : Council accepts we have a valid Right to Bid, and gives us until 7th October to submit our proposal
24th April : SaveTCP asks the Council for the Right to Bid
17th April : Form a community interest company (SaveTCP CIC) to put together the Right to Bid
7th April - Council agrees to list Temple Cowley Pools as an asset of community value - six weeks to register a Right to Bid
3rd March - we nominate Temple Cowley Pools as an Asset of Community Value
Feb/Mar - we put together at breakneck speed and massive support a financially viable development incorporating housing and a community centre, and retaining Temple Cowley Pools
February We decide to put in a bid competing with commercial developers
21st January : City Council put the site up for sale. Planning permission will only be granted, apparently, for new housing. Expectation is that the site will be demolished and cleared in January 2015 in preparation for residential housing.
The illustrations are an artist's impression of how the Temple Cowley Pools complex could look when developed and operated by the SaveTCP consortium.
So what will all this cost?
We have a financially viable proposal, and are asking the Council for a Community Asset Transfer that will cost the public purse NOTHING. Our proposal presents zero risk to the Council and the communities that want and need these facilities.
What do you think?
The SaveTCP development is for the community, by the community. We need your views on what you'd like to see - so tell us! Our last event was hugely successful PUBLIC MEETING, and you can see the presentation elsewhere on the website or on YouTube. Thanks to everyone who was able to come along, and the many who since have communicated their support to City Councillors - we hope they listen, are prepared to talk positively with us, and see if we can agree a way for the community to run the facility we want and need. Email us with your views at firstname.lastname@example.org
We were told by the Oxford City Council Disposals Team that they did not have criteria for evaluating our bid, but it was clear from the way they reported our proposal to the City Executive Board Meeting on 10th December exactly what their preferred option was.
SAVETCP CIC is a Community Interest Company registered in the United Kingdom with the Company reg no 09002684. Registered address is Oxford Greenprint Room 1/oarc East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Further information here