City Swimmers is about the three bathing ponds on London’s Hampstead Heath and the campaign fought in 2004/5 for the right to continue to swim in them.
Since 1989 the ancient and secretive Corporation of the City of London has managed the Heath and in November 2004 announced plans to ban swimming from the popular Mixed Pond, to introduce charges in the women’s and men’s ponds and possibly reduce hours of opening. The intense campaign that followed succeeded in keeping all the ponds open. It failed to keep swimming free but obtained a compromise whereby charges would be modest and only lightly enforced. That compromise came to an end in 2020 when the City overruled its main advisory committee to bring in a new regime of higher charges and strict enforcement.
Duration: 56 mins.
2006 Directed by Margaret Dickinson and made on a voluntary basis by a group of media professionals who love Hampstead Heath and its ponds.