* Update 8 October 2015: At a consultation meeting Hackney council promised pool campaigners nothing.
The 250-year lease offered on the Grade 2 listed building had attracted more than 400 enquiries by noon 19 June 2015. About 100 people were guided over the interior.
Among them were locals wanting a last look at the 25m x 10m people’s pool, as Loving Dalston has dubbed it.
Others were serious, including an agent from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Australia has become a power in English property development: eg, the Westfield shopping centres were built for Australians.
Though a 250-year lease is proposed, it could be drastically shortened for what the council and its City adviser considered the right offer.
Adaptation for use as a club or hotel has been ruled out, leaving shops, offices and flats a likely option.
The Haggerston Pool Community Trust wants the council to prioritise any bid that “includes a swimming pool and other community facilities”. In any case, says the trust, the pool hall should be left intact.
David Altheer 190615
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