Greens slam “co-operative council” failure over Leith Waterworld

Responding to the news the Capital Coalition intends to sell Leith Waterworld to a commercial property developer, Chas Booth, Green councillor for Leith said:

“This is a real kick in the teeth for the local community, who had been given hope that Edinburgh’s only leisure pool would reopen when the council made its decision in January to commit funds to do that. To reverse that decision just five months later is perverse, and sends a message to community groups that they cannot trust a word this council says. This was the first major test of the “cooperative council” agenda, and the coalition has failed the test.”

Booth continued,

“To soften the blow by diverting the money which would have been invested in reopening the pool into primary age swimming instead is an attempt to hide the council’s embarrassment at this decision. It will not compensate for the massive loss of amenity, in particular for infants and disabled people, that will result from Waterworld’s permanent closure.”