5th June 2021

SAVE OASIS SWINDON ARE SENDING OUT AN SOS TO THE WORLD
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A Swindon Oasis SOS:
The logistics:

SATURDAY, 19 JUNE 2021 FROM 14:00 -15:30

SAVE THE OASIS PROTEST – Making a Splash to reopen the Oasis Leisure Centre

A Swindon Oasis SOS

Find the event on the Save Oasis Swindon Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2577921325848879/?ref=newsfeed

A Swindon Oasis SOS
People of Swindon, please come down to the front of the Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday 19th June from 2pm, to protest to help save our treasured Oasis Leisure Centre complex.

It would be great to have a fantastic turnout to show the town’s decision maker’s that the people of Swindon demand the Oasis be refurbished and reopened as soon as possible, NOT demolished and replaced.

The people of Swindon will not accept the demolition of our famous landmark. It is a place that our children and families heavily used and enjoyed. We must all stand up if we want to preserve it for our future generations. This is the last chance to do so. So come on Swindon! We must save the Oasis NOW before it is too late and past the point of no return. It is part of Swindon’s heritage and identity.

Let’s have some Oasis fun

We hope to have some fun at the protest – please design your own Save the Oasis banners, flags and placards.

If you want, why not come down with beach and pool inflatables, or wear sports kit etc? Bring all your family and friends, spread the word and share this event.

We will get the media involved so the Oasis issue continues to get national attention. We want the Council to fully understand that Swindon wants the Oasis refurbished and made viable in its current iconic form. The Oasis is irreplaceable! We will also be playing Oasis music outside the Oasis, as a reminder of the building’s significance to produce some atmosphere, along with a megaphone and a large campaign flag.

Support from Acorn

The protest has the support of local campaign group Swindon Acorn, who will also be there. We are now at a critical stage of the campaign, and we must keep our foot on the pedal.

We need your support and we look forward to seeing you all outside the front of the Oasis on Saturday, 19th June from 2pm.

What’s the story morning glory?

The much loved Oasis Leisure Centre, which opened in 1976, has suffered neglected and poor maintenance for years. Swindon Borough Council had a maintenance backlog dating back to 2011 when it rented it out for 99 years to property developer Seven Capital. Seven charged Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) high rent that made the Centre unviable for GLL so it handed back its lease to Seven in spring 2021. SBC does not seem to have a take-back clause in its 99 year lease to Seven. 

They then outsourced the Oasis to property developer Seven Capital, charging GLL high rent and making the centre unviable, so that they had to give up the Oasis.

The current Oasis closure is not down to COVID-19. Covid has been used as a contributory excuse to get rid of the Oasis. It is claimed that the iconic dome has reached the end of its life, but was fitted with replacement panels in 2015. 

The significance of the Oasis

The Oasis, is of cultural and architectural significance to Swindon. It;s the last remaining example of its unique type in the UK. The others have been demolished already.

Historic England is expected to announce its decision by the end of June 2021. We’ll know then whether the Oasis gets ‘Listed Building’ status which may be some help in saving it. Clearly no one wants the Oasis to become another neglected Mechanics’ Institute, Locarno Corn Exchange or perhaps Milton Road Baths.

Swindon is a continuously growing town, and has been left with a gaping hole without the Oasis. It needs the Oasis as an accessible, affordable, exciting leisure pool with dry-side sports and cultural events alongside.  

The Oasis is not only a Swimming Pool. It is – or it was – a beating heart of Swindon. 

The last of a typology

The Oasis, which is of cultural and architectural significance, is the last of its typology. A listing application with Historic England is nearing the final stages, and we should know by the end of June if it becomes a listed building. Seven Capital want to knock down the Oasis and build a fresh new centre. However the Oasis is an iconic building, It is only 45 years old, which is nothing when you compare it to the Milton Road Swimming Baths.

Read this article in the Architects’ Journal about how and why the Oasis is so important.

Swindon is a rapidly growing town, and has been left with a gaping hole without the Oasis. It needs the Oasis more than ever. The Oasis is more than a swimming pool – it’s also an events and concert venue. People travel from miles around to visit the facility – from places like Bristol, Oxford and Cheltenham.

What you can do to help the Oasis

  1. Like/follow share the campaign Facebook Page  – https://www.facebook.com/saveoasis
  2. Contact your local councillor by e mail. Phone or at their surgery. Contact the Council leader: drenard@swindon.gov.uk
  3. Contact your MP: robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk – or Justin Tomlinson
  4. Write letters to Adver and other media outlets eg Link Magazine, Stratton Outlook etc
  5. Tell why you want it saved to local media – phone-ins etc selfie snaps with home-made banners and selfie short videos
  6. Find out about Seven Capital Finance Company and influence it to do the right thing.

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