The entire Leith Waterworld bid has been published online by local community members who have worked tirelessly over the summer months to put together an alternative business plan for the pool in order to justify re-opening it.
They have put together a detailed business case that will see the pool open for an extra day per week, a soft play facility installed and, crucially, they say it will allow the pool to operate on a vastly reduced subsidy from the council.
They plan to set-up a charitable body to operate the pool, which will have local residents, organisations and councillors on the board.
Whilst it is known that other private firms noted an interest in bidding for the site, it is not known how many went on to submit formal bids, or whether there are alternative proposals for the site.
Despite this, there has been a great deal of speculation amongst locals over whether Tesco would put in a bid to extend their existing supermarket – and what that would mean for Leith.
The City of Edinburgh Council will consider the community bid to re-open the pool at a meeting on the 20th of September.
Here’s hoping the right decision is made for Leith, as vandals have already started to attack the building. It’s difficult to see how Leith could benefit if the site were sold to a private property developer who may take many months, if not years, to bring the site back into use.
If you’re convinced by the business plan below, which local residents have put together so meticulously, now might be a good time to write to your councillors once more to urge them to back the bid.