Splashback! is a group of Edinburgh residents seeking to reopen Leith Waterworld, which closed on 8 January 2012.
Splashback! is stepping up its campaign to save this amenity for the people of Leith and Edinburgh. The pool might be closed, but the focus is now on seeing the pool re-open. They are currently working on a feasibility study to see if the pool could be run by the local community.
The Splashback team have now lodged a proposal with City ofEdinburgh Council for the transfer of LWW (Leith WaterWorld) to community ownership. They are proposing that a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation will be set up with a Board of Trustees formed by members of the community, who in turn will appoint an operating company.
Their vision for Leith Waterworld is:
A leisure destination:
Edinburgh’s tourism strategy specifically seeks to develop family friendly attractions that will enhance the city’s offer and also wants to spread the tourism footprint towards Leith.
A hub for health and well being:
74% of 800 survey respondents stated they swim less often now the facility has closed. Splashback! also think that the facility has a lot more to offer for those with special needs, kids and older people due to its warm water and easy ‘beach’ access.
A stable business:
Leith Waterworld will require ongoing financial support from the Council, but at a lower and reducing level. The business plan highlights ways to diversify, and there are significant savings to be made on LWW energy costs.
Splashback! are looking to get as many letters of support from our community as possible. They would be grateful if you could write or email a letter addressed to City of Edinburgh Council sent to them in the first instance so they can collate them and pass them on.
The full business case is being made available to the local Councillors shortly. If you have any questions, please get in touch: