Memorandum from Joy Murray, Soho Parish
CLOSURE OF MARSHALL STREET SWIMMING BATHS
Closing Marshall Street Swimming Baths has had
a considerable impact on our children. We used to swim every week
at the pool with children from Year one to Year six all having
1. After its closure our children missed
swimming for several months until an alternative could be found.
(By then Year six children had moved onto secondary schools).
2. We now have to walk (half hour each way)
to the Oasis Swimming Pool which takes up far more extra time
(extra hour) and involves crossing very dangerous roads (Cambridge
Circus). Extra time spent walking means less time in the classroom
for other curriculum areas.
3. Due to the walk we have stopped our younger
children swimmingit's too far and too cold during the winter.
So we cannot offer swimming to children like we used to.
4. Marshall Street was excellent for our
local children to go at weekendswe now cannot encourage
them to go as Oasis is too far.
5. We would also use a local pool for extra
curricular clubs and arrange galas, which Marshall Street was
As a parent I have three children all of whom
started swimming at Marshall Street Baths. I now have to travel
to Dorchester and Swiss Cottage for swimming lessonsrather
annoying when we live just around the corner from Marshall Street.
Youth groups. Our church (Emmanuel Community
Church) runs a youth group on Friday evenings. Once every half
term the Marshall Street Baths allowed us to have one lane for
a swimming evening.
It was convenient, the children enjoyed it and
it encouraged them to go.
Sadly the Oasis could not provide it and the
distance to go put many children and parents off.
6 December 2001