Friday 23 April 2004 6.13pm
At our social gathering on the 20th, several of us were chatting about what will happen now that Shell have their planning permission to demolish their basement pool in the shell centre.
I mentioned that I was sure that there was a pool near Tower Bridge Road
with minimal public access. I've now confirmed that it belongs to the Downside Fisher youth club
and is used by Tower Dive School
Q Are there other pools (or disused pools) out there - in gyms, clubs, office basements?
Q Any views on whether Doon Street
in the Coin Street
development is the best location for a community swimming pool?
Here's my earlier post
(stranded on the Retail around London Bridge - the future
Date: 15 Mar 04 18:40
Community Builders are supposedly planning a 25m pool as part of their Doon Street
sports centre project, although it all seems to have gone very quiet on this project.
If the Shell Centre
retail development ever gets a go-ahead, it is possible that this could contribute cú1m planning gain towards the costs of the new pool - as Shell's plans involve demolishing the little known 8 lane pool in the basement of the Shell Centre
(the only people I know who have used it were members of the Metropolitan Police Sports Club. There was reputedly also a rifle range, theatre and cinema - not sure if all still in use!).
Many people question whether this will genuinely benefit the population of SE1 as a whole or just the employees of the South Banks Employers Group who dominate the regeneration agenda.
London Nautical School
also supposedly had plans for a swimming pool as part of their redevelopment.
Meanwhile, Southwark's plans for a replacement for the former Elephant and Castle leisure centre remain unclear. They are currently proposing a new secondary school on the current leisure centre site as part of the wider E+C masterplan, but there is no confirmed leisure centre location. Are they planning to do things on the cheap by contributing to the Doon Street
project, or do they hope to get a leisure centre combined with the school's sports facilities?
It's not a good location to get to for most people living east of Borough High St/Newington Causeway