The Labour Group opposed the closure but were massively outvoted by the Conservatives. Sedgemoor District Council is dominated by a ruling group of 37 Conservatives to 10 Labour and 3 Lib Dems. 6 of the Tories came from Bridgwater - yet they still voted for closure. Bridgwater was trapped in the grip of a Tory dictatorship and was not master of it's own destiny.
Campaigners marched in protest, they raised petitions with 1,000's of names and the Labour group put motions to council to challenge the unfairness. Everything fell on deaf Tory ears.
In desperation in August 2009, a group of Splash supporters occupied the swimming pool in an effort to stop Sedgemoor closing it down. The occupation lasted 21 hours before Sedgemoor brought the force of the law down on the people with the threat of court action and injunctions .
The people of Bridgwater , supported by Labour councillors tried everything to prevent the building being demolished and lost forever. Everything met a wall of uniform silence from Tory councillors. In November 2009 the pool was demolished and raised to the ground.
The land at Northgate was offered to a variety of potential developers. We were told there were 3. There turned out to be just 1 - a giant 'Tesco Extra' supermarket.
No more supermarkets!
The people of Bridgwater said they had enough supermarkets and didn't need any more. Labour councillors attempted to prevent the loss of the public open space at the Brewery Field - the Tories voted solidly to plough ahead with a 60,000 square feet monstrosity that could destroy the town centre and set back regeneration indefinitely.
A public meeting in the Town hall of 200 local people voted unanimously (bar one Tory candidate) that they didn't want a Tesco's. The Tories simply ignored it.
The Conservatives control Sedgemoor by a massive majority. They simply ignore the wishes of the people of Bridgwater. They can do this because of that majority. Only the people's vote can change that
Nationally the Conservatives are now in Government - propped up by the deceitful Liberal Democrats whose voters never dreamt that their support would land them with a Tory Prime Minister. The Tories and LibDems together have embarked upon a massive CUTS agenda which looks set to roll back the welfare state, devastate the NHS and undermine the universal Education system.
On THURSDAY MAY 5TH people have a chance to reject this.
*SAY NO TO TORY CUTBACKS
*SEND THE LIBDEMS A MESSAGE THAT THEY
CANNOT BE TRUSTED
*DISMANTLE THE TORY DICTATORSHIP
LIKE THEY DEMOLISHED THE SPLASH