Consultation on Bucksburn Swimming Pool

Aberdeen City Council will reconsider the decision made at the Council Budget meeting on 1 March 2023 which resulted in the reduction of funding to Sport Aberdeen and in particular the impact this had in the closure of Bucksburn Swimming Pool.  This decision will be made at full council in December 2023.

To inform this decision Aberdeen City Council will complete a full Integrated Impact Assessment on the impact of Bucksburn Swimming pool closing.  The Integrated Impact Assessment will consider what impact the closure has had  on users which are related to their protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership. It is therefore important that all users who have been affected by the closure of the pool have a fair and equal opportunity to comment on the impact of the closures.

There will be a period of consultation from 19 September to 6 November 2023 and its purpose is to understand the impact that the closure of the pool has had on the community and in particular any impacts related to protected characteristics.

At the 1 March 2023 Council Budget meeting, £46.6 million of savings were confirmed for 2023/24.  This included the decision to make savings through the reduction of funding to all the Councils ALEOs (Arms Length External Organisations - an organisation that is formally separate from the Council but owned fully or partially by the Council). Sport Aberdeen is one of the Council’s ALEOs, and it was decided by Council to reduce their funding by £687,000.  As a result of the Council’s decision to reduce the funding, Sport Aberdeen ceased to operate various facilities including Bucksburn Swimming Pool

Measures were put in place to mitigate the impact of the closures.  We are consulting with you to understand the impact of the closures and the effectiveness of the alternative provision in place.     

Council Officers are dedicated to supporting communities to access the consultation in ways that are inclusive for all.

At the end of this survey, you will find a series of equalities questions. These are optional, however it is important for us to gather this information as it will help us to understand any impacts related to protected characteristics and ensure there is representation from all groups.

This data will be anonymised and held in line with the Bucksburn Swimming Pool Consultation privacy notice.


Consultation Survey

It is important that everyone who has been affected by the closure of Bucksburn Swimming Pool has the opportunity to have input into the assessment.

Various tools will be used to include written, digital, face to face and alternative formats to ensure participation is inclusive for all.

If you (or anyone you know) require a paper copy of the survey, please visit Bucksburn Library or Marischal Square Customer Service Centre.

A copy of the consultation is available to download. Completed consultations can be handed in to Bucksburn Library or emailed to



People who used the services and facilities at Bucksburn Swimming Pool.

The consultation will run from 19 September to 6 November 2023, spanning a total of six weeks. Through the process, focus groups will be held at intervals at various locations and times to ensure there are adequate opportunities for participation.

In addition to taking the online survey, or completing a paper copy, there will be face-to-face supported sessions at venues in the community.

  • Focus groups will be planned within the communities to ensure events are accessible and some will be held centrally to offer flexibility.  
  • Events will be held over intervals to ensure school holidays and working hours are not a barrier to participation in the consultation process.   
  • Questions will be set in advance and available to ensure that conversations are productive and informative for all attendees offering time to process information and respond.    

The online consultation can be completed on public PCs at city libraries and Marischal College Customer Service Centre, where staff will be available to assist. If you require a paper version, copies are currently available at Bucksburn Library and Marischal College Customer Service Centre. Selected community venues where you can access paper copies will be confirmed and promoted here.

The consultation will be promoted through press releases, printed information posters, word of mouth, email campaigns and the Aberdeen City Council website.

We will use social media platforms available to us to ensure we reach as many people as possible. This increases inclusion for those who prefer to get their information from legitimate platforms on social media.   

Aberdeen City council uses the following platforms that people can use to find out more and engage with the consultation process:  


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Further queries on the consultation can be directed to

Questions have been framed using appropriate language and will be offered digitally via our Consultation Hub. Paper copies will be made available across identified locations.    

  • ReciteMe toolbar - Our webpage offers and accessibility tool which supports users with conditions like sight loss and dyslexia, to access the website. The tool offers features to translate information into 100 different languages, 35 languages supported in audio format  
  • British Sign Language versions and sessions will be made available.   
  • Face to face interpreters will be booked as required.   
  • Alternative formats will be offered where requested.

Qualified staff across Libraries and Information and Data and Insights Services will be in place to analyse and review responses. 

We will identify staff resources to support and respond to any queries arising as part of the process. Responses that are derogatory, demeaning and or disparaging will not be considered as part of the responses.   

The results of the survey and focus groups will inform the full Integrated Impact Assessments for Bucksburn Pool. The decision to close Bucksburn Swimming Pool will then be reconsidered by the full Council in December 2023.

Following analysis, we will publish the results of our consultation on the Aberdeen City Council website and will be appended to the report to full council in December. Alternative formats can be requested from our Customer Service Centre at Marischal College and in Libraries.

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