Save our Swimming pool campaign launches today.

BNHPC have launched a campaign today (June 7th) to galvanise support and action to save Botley’s sporting facilities up at Harcourt Hill.

Brookes University will be leaving the Harcourt Campus in 2025. They run the leisure facilities – swimming pool, gym and playing fields.

In May they suddenly announced that the swimming pool will close in September this year, unless £40-80k of external funding can be found by the end of June, to keep it open for another year. The swimming pool is an important amenity for Botley and children from 12 primary schools learn to swim here. 

The gym and playing fields will remain open but only until Brookes leave.

Our community is at great risk of losing these facilities completely if we don’t act now.

BNHPC recognise the importance of the Harcourt Hill leisure facility for parish residents. We will do what we can to stop this happening, but we need your help.

These are the ways that you can take action.

  1. Sign this petition. Our petition calls on Oxford Brookes University and the Vale of White Horse District Council to:
    • Reconsider the planned closure of the Harcourt Hill pool
    • Develop a short-term plan for continued use, and
    • Work with the community and the site owners on a long-term solution.
  2. Drop us a line on this form about how you use the facility and why it is important to you.

We have created a dedicated page here to host the petition and form and will update it with news as an when we can.

A Poster explaining that Brookes university are leaving the Harcourt Hill campus and will be closing the swimming pool in September 2024. 

It encourages people to go to the Botley and North Hinksey Parish Council website to sig a petition, share what the leisure facilities mean to you and encourages people to use the facilities more.