Thursday, May 26

In 18 years with the Conservative government in Oslo, not a single public bath was built

  • Victoria Marie Evensen

    City Council for Industry and Ownership (Labor)

  • Omar Samy Gamal

    City Council for Culture, Sports and Volunteering (SV)

The Conservative council sold away our communal baths and presented a completely unrealistic plan to demolish all the local baths and build a few megabads, the debaters write.

Who you vote for determines which bathing offer you get. To claim otherwise is to obscure an important debate.

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Oslo citizen Mala Wang-Naveen describes in Aftenposten on 23 January how difficult it is to get a bath in Oslo. We are happy to sign that our city needs more bathrooms. But we fall off when the background for this is summarized as follows: “Changing city councils will blame each other, while schools will blame the parents.”

It is a blurring of a political fact: It matters who controls Oslo, and the city’s baths are among the foremost examples of this.

5.5 billion for sports facilities

In 18 years of right-wing rule in Oslo, not a single public bath was built. The Conservative council sold away our communal baths and put forward a completely unrealistic plan to demolish all the local baths and build a few megabads.

For that plan, they set aside 0 kroner.

In 2015, the city voted for a red-green city council and a change of pace in bathing policy. We have allocated 5.5 billion for sports facilities over the next four years, a large part of which is bathrooms. We are building a new bathroom at Stovner, Tøyen and Manglerud.

We have refurbished Nordtvedt, Romsås and Holmlia. Bøler bath reopened this week. Frognerbadet has a new slide and will be rehabilitated. We are trying to get a new bathroom in Sogn and are investigating a new bathroom on the west side.

Extended opening hours and lower price

It is vital that children learn to swim. Therefore, we doubled the number of swimming lessons in school. In 2020 and 2021, 40 million went to summer activities under the auspices of Oslo Sports with free swimming courses for 8,000 children.

We removed the deductible for sports to train in the bathrooms. This has contributed to an increase in training hours by almost 50 percent.

There are extra lean times while we wait for the new, larger Tøyenbad. Sports and school use the temporary bathroom at Økern. We have bought it, so when it has done its job at Økern, it can be moved to another place in the city.

There are extra lean times while we wait for the new, larger Tøyenbad

It is not different city councils that blame each other. The Conservatives ruled the city for 18 years. Then we took over. Now there are extended opening hours, more swimming hours, lower prices, plans for new bathrooms that are actually feasible and financed, and shovels put in the ground. It’s expensive, but it’s about prioritization.

Who you vote for determines which bathing offer you get. To claim otherwise is to obscure an important debate.


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