Leith Waterworld first test of “Co-operative Council” claim Greens

Ambitious plans to brand Edinburgh as Scotland’s first co-operative Council will ring hollow if councillors turn their back on Leith Waterworld next week.
That is according to Edinburgh’s Green councillors ahead of a crucial Council meeting next week.

The leisure pool was closed to the public earlier in 2012 and, over the last six months, the Splashback group – which campaigned against closure – has been putting together a bid to re-open the facility as a community-owned venture.

At full Council next week (Thursday 20 September) councillors are being asked to reject the Splashback bid and remarket the site, despite no other bids having been submitted.

Local Green councillor for Leith Chas Booth said:

“Leith Waterworld is the first test of the Council’s co-operative ambitions.  The Labour-SNP Administration has said that it wants to transform the relationship between residents and the council, putting more power in the hands of local people. With no other bids coming forward for the pool, it’s essential the council works together with the community group to ensure the future of this fantastic facility.

“The community bid for Leith Waterworld does puts power in the hands of local people.  So, for the Council, it is a test of words into action and an opportunity to maintain and enhance a unique asset which has been enjoyed by countless children and could continue for generations to come.

“The Council must show it can pass the co-operative test.”