Closed Swindon Oasis swimming pool being ‘used for parties’

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The popular destination struggled during the pandemic and closed for good in November 2020, and has sat say empty since then.

These new images show what has happened to the beloved swimming pool area – once a bustling hive of activity – now a lifeless, sorry state. 

Swindon Advertiser: The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, pool two years after it closedThe Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, pool two years after it closed (Image: Save Oasis Swindon)

This comes with suggestions that people have been able to gain access to the inside of the building, despite the building’s current management – property company SevenCapital – having security in place. 

One person, who wished to remain anonymous, has even claimed that young people in Swindon have been unofficially using the venue as an unofficial site for parties. 

Swindon Advertiser: The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, pool two years after it closedThe Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon, pool two years after it closed (Image: Save Oasis Swindon)In text messages sent to the Save Oasis Swindon campaign group that were seen by the Adver, this person has claimed that groups of people are having parties inside.

He others are running up the glass windows of the entrance area to gain access to the roof of the sports hall. 

They said: “It won’t be long until someone falls through them, the windows to the roof of the hall.

“I’ve seen it a few times now, if I shout at the kids I get told to f*** off.

They even included a diagram of the dangerous route it is alleged young people are taking.

Swindon Advertiser: The route that people are allegedly taking to gain access to the sports hall roof of the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.The route that people are allegedly taking to gain access to the sports hall roof of the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon. (Image: Save Oasis Swindon)

The site has been a frequent target of urban explorers with videos on social media showing people wandering around inside popping up often after its sudden closure. 

This led to landlords Swindon Borough Council and the Save Oasis Swindon campaign putting pressure on leaseholders SevenCapital to up security, which it did by shuttering all entrances.

More recently, bollards were installed to prevent access to the site’s car park after a large amount of fly-tipping was discovered, and photos were shared showing that the original lights around the Sports Hall and Dome had been switched back on. 

Swindon Advertiser: Lights were recently on at the Oasis Leisure Centre sports hall Lights were recently on at the Oasis Leisure Centre sports hall (Image: Save Oasis Swindon)

A plan to revive the Oasis by replacing the dome structure with a different material from SevenCapital was recently given the go-ahead from the council.

New plans for the refurbishment of the pool, revealed privately at a recent stakeholder meeting, are expected to be publicly released soon.

Wiltshire Police has been contacted for comment and the force was unable to confirm any parties at the site.


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