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Title: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11:57:14
Nearly put this in the Covid thread, but like it or loathe it The Oasis is a Swindon institution and many people will be affected.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18879770.oasis-leisure-centre-closing-permanently/

I guess there is a chance someone will bail it out, but the council can't exactly be cash rich right now.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: THE FLASH on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00:58
WHAT!!??

Im due to see the Specials there next year!!


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Nemo on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:03:00
Jeez, that's not great.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: flammableBen on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:04:08
Reg is AWOL at the moment isn't he? I'll put his hat on then.

Part of the pay off for Swindon being an ever-growing down was always the manucipal facilities that would go with the expansion. It might always have been particularly fashionable, but generally pretty good.

Unfortunately this doesn't stand up to the maximising of profits for private enterprise. Nothing like the link centre or oasis would get built with any of the new estates on the outskirts. And now we have the rolling back of what was previously there.



Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Bob's Orange on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:05:31
Loved going on the Dome Busters (being 'brave' enough to go on the great white) and the wave pool as a nipper.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Chubbs on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:06:24
Whats happening with the whole regen of that area? I know its been off and on about 5 times in the last few years.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:25:26
More shit news in a shit year


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Hunk on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:59:37
That's really rubbish news, had some great times back in the day and with my kids over the years. Rubbish rubbish rubbish


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 13:27:24
Amazing that trying to run a council leisure facility as a business has failed. Who would've thought.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 13:33:47
Nearly put this in the Covid thread, but like it or loathe it The Oasis is a Swindon institution and many people will be affected.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18879770.oasis-leisure-centre-closing-permanently/

I guess there is a chance someone will bail it out, but the council can't exactly be cash rich right now.
TBF it's not "gone". The private operator has pulled out of the contract so won't continue to run it. The facility is still there if someone can be found to run it. Like SBC, for example.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 13:54:26
TBF it's not "gone". The private operator has pulled out of the contract so won't continue to run it. The facility is still there if someone can be found to run it. Like SBC, for example.

I assume it has been heavily updated since I went there 30+ years ago, most leisure centres of similar age up here are being torn down and replaced with new ones, apart from the one in our local town which was built about 10 years back, won loads of design awards and then was ripped down after about 5 years because no one used it and the building was defective!

FWIW the private/charitable ownership model which seems to be failing at the Oasis also seems to work pretty well round here.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 13:55:12
I assume it has been heavily updated since I went there 30+ years ago

 :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick: :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick: :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 14:01:27
:Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick: :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick: :Ride On Fatbury's Lovestick:

Dunno what you mean, it had a wave machine and everything!


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 14:38:24
Iím sure Buckland will write an email or something.
His usual go to.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 15:07:34
Iím sure Buckland will write an email or something.
His usual go to.
Maybe JT could get Wonga to sponsor it? The Wonga Wave Machine? The Go Bust Domebusters? It's got legs this one ....


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 16:06:15
WHAT!!??

Im due to see the Specials there next year!!

https://youtu.be/RZ2oXzrnti4


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 16:45:14
Nearly put this in the Covid thread, but like it or loathe it The Oasis is a Swindon institution and many people will be affected.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/18879770.oasis-leisure-centre-closing-permanently/

I guess there is a chance someone will bail it out, but the council can't exactly be cash rich right now.[/u]

TBF it's not "gone". The private operator has pulled out of the contract so won't continue to run it. The facility is still there if someone can be found to run it. Like SBC, for example.

BIB Paul, BIB.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: 4D on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 16:51:51
Batch Is Back?  :sherlock:


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Batch on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 16:53:23
Batch Is Back?  :sherlock:

Pasta la eater baby,


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Frigby Daser on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 09:46:41
Is there any viable way back for it? Genuinely sad about the news. Sounds like a lot of people on here have some great childhood memories of the place (and wishing the clock on your time left would just slow down, as well as freezing your balls off in the queue up to the domebusters). I went back for the first time in about 25 years with my boy a few years ago and as tired as it had become, it then became his first choice day out. He loved it, even though weíre out of towners and Swindon is a bit of a drive. With the right investment, itís difficult to see why there wouldnít be demand for it. But investment in leisure at the moment..... well, hardly a safe bet is it.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Ginginho on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 10:23:04
Maybe JT could get Wonga to sponsor it? The Wonga Wave Machine? The Go Bust Domebusters? It's got legs this one ....

:D



Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 10:48:17
Iím sure people will be upset itís closing.

I definitely spent more time playing football on the ĎAstro turfí round the back than in the actual Oasis. Iím somewhat convinced itís the main reason why I get so much pain in my knee joints these days.

I wonít look back in anger though...


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Berniman on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:23:53
Iím sure people will be upset itís closing.

I definitely spent more time playing football on the ĎAstro turfí round the back than in the actual Oasis. Iím somewhat convinced itís the main reason why I get so much pain in my knee joints these days.

I wonít look back in anger though...

Ditto


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Chubbs on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 15:34:18
Iím sure people will be upset itís closing.

I definitely spent more time playing football on the ĎAstro turfí round the back than in the actual Oasis. Iím somewhat convinced itís the main reason why I get so much pain in my knee joints these days.

I wonít look back in anger though...

Im sure little by little, you'll get over it.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 16:33:33
Im sure little by little, you'll get over it.

Some Might Say I should sue them.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: pauld on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 18:08:34
https://www.change.org/p/gll-save-our-oasis


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: flammableBen on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 22:09:58
Maybe the trust could buy the Oasis instead of the County Ground? Reckon STFC might manage mid-table in a local 5-a-side league.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Sippo on Thursday, November 19, 2020, 23:07:46
I remember walking down from Commonweal to the oasis, just for PE. They wondered why so many bunked off..


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: BambooToTheFuture on Friday, November 20, 2020, 00:47:42
Some Might Say I should sue them.

Would be a bit of Shakermaker if you were to Bring It On Down. I'd let it Slide Away. I thought you were Married With Children nowadays DV?


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Friday, November 20, 2020, 00:56:43
Would be a bit of Shakermaker if you were to Bring It On Down. I'd let it Slide Away. I thought you were Married With Children nowadays DV?

I am.

Even though my knee joints ache a lot they still Stand by Me.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: BambooToTheFuture on Friday, November 20, 2020, 01:04:40
I am.

Even though my knee joints ache a lot they still Stand by Me.

Sometimes we have to Acquiesce that we can't Live Forever or continue to be a Rock 'n' Roll Star.*






*I'll stop.




Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Friday, November 20, 2020, 07:34:36
Yeah, these puns should just fade away.

I see the local councillors have made their feelings known about the closure on the facilities. Itís a travesty that a local leisure facility is closed - where are all the starving kids going to go now.

Not forgetting it was their government that sold it off in the first place.

Whatever.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: pauld on Friday, November 20, 2020, 11:12:54
Yeah, these puns should just fade away.

I see the local councillors have made their feelings known about the closure on the facilities. Itís a travesty that a local leisure facility is closed - where are all the starving kids going to go now.

Not forgetting it was their government that sold it off in the first place.

Whatever.
It was the council not the govt, but yes it was those same councillors so your point still stands.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 7, 2020, 18:05:57
Discussed at quite some length by Ivo Graham during a monologue on the Now Show on R4 on Friday night, Gregg Wallace eating Kerry Mucklowe also got some mention!

c.20 mins in
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p090jmmq


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: flammableBen on Monday, December 7, 2020, 18:08:45
It was the council not the govt, but yes it was those same councillors so your point still stands.

Given away, not sold, if I remember corectly. On the basis of milestones of investment and development being met (they weren't)


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, December 7, 2020, 18:18:34
Given away, not sold, if I remember corectly. On the basis of milestones of investment and development being met (they weren't)

As noted previously the model (passing to a charity to run) is working very well in most of the Country, not sure why its gone to shit in Swindon, albeit I imagine the bottom line will be that the Oasis needs a lot of cash spending on it.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: flammableBen on Monday, December 7, 2020, 18:31:50
As noted previously the model (passing to a charity to run) is working very well in most of the Country, not sure why its gone to shit in Swindon, albeit I imagine the bottom line will be that the Oasis needs a lot of cash spending on it.

I think (not got time to google my own fact checking and it's been a while), it was given to an investment/development company (on the basis of the milestones) who then lease it to the charity,


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: horlock07 on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:20:56
This should sort it, getting the big guns involved!

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19061311.doctor-star-billie-piper-backs-calls-save-oasis-closure/


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Flashheart on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:23:22
Kris Kamara's piped up as welll, no pun intended.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Peter Venkman on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:25:47
Yeah I had a load come up on YouTube as a suggestion last week, Sharon Davies and Rebecca Adlington and several others in support of the place.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:42:46
This should sort it, getting the big guns involved!

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19061311.doctor-star-billie-piper-backs-calls-save-oasis-closure/

Why is Billie supporting it?


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Bogus Dave on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:44:17
Because she wants too


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: DiV on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 15:52:16
Because she wants too

 :D


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Batch on Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12:24:44
Grade II listed status for the dome/pool area.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19757157.oasis-leisure-centres-iconic-dome-given-grade-ii-listed-status-historic-england/

Much as I agree its iconic, its going to be a mechanics mk 2 isn't it.


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Bob's Orange on Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12:30:36
Grade II listed status for the dome/pool area.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19757157.oasis-leisure-centres-iconic-dome-given-grade-ii-listed-status-historic-england/

Much as I agree its iconic, its going to be a mechanics mk 2 isn't it.

"Historic England has added that it will support Swindon Borough Council and the owners to address the condition of the building and find a sustainable future use."

Surely Swindon and the surrounding towns and villages have enough people to warrant spending some cash to bring it back to it's former glory?

Hopefully it doesn't become like the Battersea Power Station and get surrounded by horrible un-affordable glass covered flats and stupidly expensive coffee shops. 


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: Berniman on Thursday, December 2, 2021, 15:35:27
Grade II listed status for the dome/pool area.

https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/19757157.oasis-leisure-centres-iconic-dome-given-grade-ii-listed-status-historic-england/

Much as I agree its iconic, its going to be a mechanics mk 2 isn't it.

Yep.  Another boarded up eyesore that nothing will be done about


Title: Re: Covid: The Oasis - Gone.
Post by: RobertT on Thursday, December 2, 2021, 16:51:51
There is a slight difference in that the Council own the Freehold, so they do have the gift of development in their own hands.  The question will be whether or not people want money to be invested in the facility for the greater good of the Town - they've paid for a car park to be built in the past decade, so why not?