Bucksburn Swimming Pool set to reopen months after controversial closure – Aberdeen Live

The beloved facility was shut down along with six Aberdeen libraries in a bid to tackle concerns over the city council’s budget, with Sport Aberdeen hit with a £700,000 funding cut.
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Bucksburn Swimming Pool is set to be reopened after the council made a u-turn on its controversial closure just months earlier.
The beloved facility was shut down along with six Aberdeen libraries in a bid to tackle concerns over the city council's budget, with Sport Aberdeen hit with a £700,000 funding cut as a result.
It marked the end for the Bucksburn facility before sparking protests from locals and users of the popular centre as well as a petition to save the pool and even going as far as a legal challenge.
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Over 9,000 people signed the petition calling for the pool to be reopened, which has since been drained earlier this year following its closure.
A council consultation into the swimming pool was launched amid the threat of a legal challenge following the venue being shut down, which found strong support for the venue.
City council co-leader Christian Allard formally moved at a meeting today that the council should "request Sport Aberdeen recommission Bucksburn Pool" which will now also include building improvements.
The Save Bucksburn Swimming Pool campaign celebrated their victory following the council's decision to bring the pool back to life.
Posting on Facebook, they wrote: "This triumph is not just about swimming; it's a testament to the unwavering dedication of our community.
"Overcoming hurdles and facing challenges head-on, our collective effort has proven that when a community comes together for a common cause, change is not only possible but inevitable.
"The decision to reopen Bucksburn Swimming Pool is a resounding declaration that the power of the people can shape the future of our city.
"As we express our joy and gratitude, we also recognise the deeper significance of this victory. Beyond the pools and lanes, it's about community health, well-being, and safety.
"It's about standing up against adversity and proving that united, we are a force to be reckoned with."
The group are also planning a community celebration following their successful campaigning.
Councillor Gill Al-Samarai welcomed the news of the decision to reopen the pool, saying: "This is a welcome decision, that should deliver an improved pool for people across the city and which will be now be a better asset for the local community.
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"The public consultation and impact assessment has highlighted issues that Sport Aberdeen had not considered. As a council, we’ve now looked at this ourselves and the result of that is that there we will request the pool is reopened.
"One benefit of that is that there will now be an investment in the pool to bring it back into use and that will mean an improved facility."
Councillor Neil MacGregor echoed her Ms Al-Samarai's reaction, adding: "We have listened to what folk have fed into this consultation, and I am pleased the result is that Bucksburn Pool will reopen.
"The council had to make some very difficult decisions in March and we based those on the information that was given to us. Given what we know now we will now ask Sport Aberdeen to change their decision and to invest in the pool."

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Originally posted 2023-12-14 17:01:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter