Save Leith Water World from closure
Turns out there are 40 days to save Leith Water World from closure.
It turns out that way back in 2005 it was decided to close the local pool and if City of Edinburgh Council cant be persuaded to change its mind soon the pool will close on 8th January 2012.
The local community have recently responded to this by launching an active campaign, which amongst other things will involve accessing records held by the Council using opportunities provided by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act.
Its worth noting that whilst the City of Edinburgh Council is subject to the Act, Edinburgh Leisure who manage the Councils sports facilities isn’t.
I would like to have stepped in to help the campaigners, I’m sure my experience & knowledge will have been of use and I’m sure someone else helping with the campaign would have been welcomed.
I am a member of the community after all, I have an interest in community facilities being available to the community to use. Though I must confess I haven’t used Leith Water World in something like 15 years!
It really is a valuable resource for the people of Leith & the wider area. It’s not just a boring pool where people swim lengths but a place to have fun! As a nation we need to be encouraging people to take part in activities which are good for peoples health and I think using Leith Water World would count.
The trouble is, I also work for the City of Edinburgh Council. As an employee I have certain rules I must adhere to as per the Employee Code of Conduct amongst other things.
Could I really take part in a campaign that actively goes against a decision taken by Council?
It seems disloyal to my employer, who after all has been a good employer to me during my time there.
Sometimes its really hard to balance my duties as an employee of the Council with my duty to the community in which I live, this situation is just one example.
Thankfully, on this occasion there seems to be enough people leading the cause and even more thankfully many more people actively getting involved by signing petitions, contacting their Councillors etc;
I have signed the online petition & I will do my bit by cheering from the sidelines and will re-tweet & ‘like’ where I can.
Best of luck to the campaigners, I’m rooting for ya!