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October 2019



n YOUR COUNCILLORS Tennis in Redcatch Park any will remember that a few years back local voluntary Gary organisations got Hopkins together and Lib Dem attracted a large Knowle grant to upgrade the neglected tennis courts in Redcatch Park. They have since been a free facility that many enjoy and compliment the Knowle Tennis Club which is for more committed players. Not long after the locally funded refurbishment, council officers attempted to pull Redcatch into a pay-to -play scheme that was being used in other parks in Bristol. In a number of them, money was needed to rescue the dilapidated courts so the scheme was accepted, but here in Knowle we, with public support, objected, as people would be paying for something they already had for free.



We did say though, if a better scheme came along which produced some real local benefits we would consult locally to test reaction. We have recently had a meeting with sports officers and the Lawn Tennis Association about a modified suggestion. Full details will be distributed when worked up for consultation, but in advance of that the bones would be: installation of floodlights and a surface maintenance programme and some free coaching sessions. Access could be free for much of the time and access through a combination of pre-booking and turn-up-on-chance. Use under the floodlights would be charged. Because the courts are in comparatively good shape the need for income would be less than elsewhere. If this is to proceed work would be done in the spring so we will consult over the winter, once we have the full figures and details.

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Jubilee Pool ary and I have, with huge local support, fought off two attempts by the council to close Chris Jubilee pool. As well Davies as local sentiment Lib Dem we argued that the Knowle pool was sustainable with huge numbers arriving on foot or bike, and that it has a unique character that many users value greatly. That is not to say that the likes of Hengrove are inferior, but it is very different and choice is important. In addition, closing Jubilee would have led to a very expensive demolition and a development site of limited value. Over the years a small gym has been installed and management has been improved. It is good to see there seems to be a recognition that our arguments were soundly based. The council is undertaking an examination of swimming


provision, and sensible investment in Jubilee to secure its long term future seems to be part of the plan. We have suggested a look at the changing rooms, and a new boiler to reduce running costs and avoid breakdowns. Jubilee is not perfect but it has a good atmosphere and friendly staff, and as a regular user I value the community feel. With a little TLC it will serve our community very well for years to come. Any suggestions for cost effective improvements are welcome. It has now been agreed that more pool capacity is needed in Bristol and it is accepted that Jubilee is well situated and does not cost a fortune. The previous plans for a new pool at Speedwell may be revived and that seems a sensible addition. Those who previously proposed a new pool there could only be with the closure of Jubilee were much mistaken. Increased capacity has been recognised and we will always campaign to keep our pool open.


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