Outraged Canada Water residents are demanding Southwark Council give them the pool they were promised in earlier discussions about the Seven Island Leisure Centre’s replacement.
Campaigners were incensed when they heard the original plan for a 50m pool were shelved in favour of a 25m one, when the current one measures 33m.
Residents created a petition on the council’s website which has so far gained 167 of the 500 signatures needed for it to be discussed at a cabinet meeting.
David Foot, a Canada Water resident, said: “It is the fact that they are not going to give us the pool they promised that gets me.
“Of all the people who saw the plans only one person spoke in favour of what the architects from British Land were proposing.
“They don’t seem prepared to take any sort of feedback. So if this petition gets 500 signatures they will have to say something constructive.
“They modified the Master Plan and the buildings are now six times higher, the pool is much smaller and they are putting it in a green reserve. It is really despicable. It is terrible.”
Plans to build a new leisure centre are already controversial as it would be on a “green corridor”.
Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: “With plans now progressing for Canada Water the council has committed to delivering a sustainable, state of the art modern leisure centre for residents that will be fully accessible.
“This will include an eight-lane 25-metre-length pool, a learner pool, a four courts sports hall, three studios, and a 150 station gym.
“We are awaiting the results from the public consultation before making a final decisions.”
The petition runs till September 30 and can be found at http://bit.ly/1O1VUDX