London Fields Lido to close for repairs next month and open this summer, says Hackney council

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Time to head for the exit: the Lido unavoidably closes, just as the swim season starts

LONDON FIELDS LIDO is to close next month on April 2017 until the summer. The pool’s owner, Hackney council, says it is “in the final stages of appointing a contractor to complete urgent repair works”.

Last time Hackney announced repairs to and closure of the leaky, outdoors 50-metre pool, the council had to back down and leave the lido open because no contractor could be found to replace and re-fit the pools’ walls tiles, which had started to crack. All the screed that binds the tiles to the wall and the render need to be removed and replaced.

As for the closure, scheduled for Monday 10 April 2017, community services councillor Jon Burke commented: “Closing the lido will be frustrating for regular users, but the works are essential and the risks will be minimised if they are undertaken during the warmer weather.”

lido0413: London Fields Lido Apr 2013  © David Altheer
Cool spot: the lido pool is great to use when hanging about London Fields gets too hot

Lido users had made suggestions for refurbishing the indoor changing rooms and reception area. He said the new design keeps separate male and female changing areas. Improvements included indoor storage lockers, individual shower and changing cubicles, and baby-change facilities.

He added: “Swimmers will be able to enjoy better, more-modern facilities when the lido reopens in summer 2017.”

Users will be hoping that the council presses the contractor to do better and on deadline than the work that has resulted in the embarrassment for the council of closing the lido only 10 years since it was left derelict for 18 years.

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* Hackney’s lido webpage. Customers will be able to swim at other Hackney council and Better/GLL-operated pools, including the London Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park and the newly refurbished Charlton LidoClissold poolBritannia poolKing’s Hall

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