MOUNT Druitt pool will not reopen despite a minor victory for community campaigners at a Blacktown Council meeting last week.
In front of a packed public gallery of pool supporters, seven Labor councillors voted to support a motion to stop the rezoning process and open the pool for the 2013-14 summer.
The motion called for a report on the financial and social implications of closing the pool and to create a community management committee to promote the facility and host activities such as film nights.
A petition containing 2200 signatures, collected within three weeks, was presented to the council.
Three Liberal councillors were absent from last week's meeting, which gave Labor councillors a rare majority vote.
But not everyone is diving into celebrations.
Mayor Len Robinson told the Star the pool will stay closed and confirmed there will be a rescission motion in a fortnight's time.
He believed there wouldn't have been a community uproar if it hadn't been generated by Labor.
"I understand the community's anger to some degree but you've got to put this into perspective," Cr Robinson said.
He said the pool was running at a loss and it would cost $17 million in upgrades to meet the requirements.
"The few people who use the pool are being moved to Emerton, which is 2.8 kilometres away," he said.
But residents, led by Kerri Bradbury, haven't conceded defeat.
"I'm not doing this because Labor have told me to," she said. "I've been a passionate advocate for my community for 10 years.
"If I don't think something is right, I will speak up."
Another rally will be held at the pool this Friday at 4pm. Meanwhile, security will be stepped up at the pool until the matter is resolved following the removal and demolition of toilet amenities, benches, taps and play equipment at the site. Council officers told councillors that recent activity on the site was "vandalism".