What’s happening with our wonderful lido? Exclusive pictures offer signs of hope as repairs continue

LidoPOOL0317: LonFields Lido 210317 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
Happier days, but problems lay below the water in Hackney’s outdoor pool
Ready for repair: there is something dispiriting about an empty swimming pool
Demolition: the male and female “change rooms”, as they were oddly called

THESE ARE THE FIRST pictures showing work to repair the leaky London Fields lido.

Above, at the start of the job, scaffolding is being inserted after the pool has been stripped of its floor and wall tiles.

GLL/Better, which runs the 50m, heated outdoor pool, says that the render that fixed the tiles in place has failed, which has caused tiles to come off the pool walls. All tiles would have to be replaced.

Loving Dalston can throw no further light on progress because the supplier of the photographs would not provide information.

The lido closed on Sunday 9 April  2017 and is due, says owner Hackney council, to reopen “this summer”. The town hall is still being coy about whether compensation will be sought from the contractor that restored the lido just over a decade ago.

The worry is that the issue has been put in the too-hard basket, or in the dustbin.

Rubble: progress is messy

Hamish Scott 300517

* Backstory:Hackney council seeks solution to lido horror; Happy, smiling high-paid elite of Hackney Town Hall; Hackney pulls plug on Haggy Baths hopes; Investors flood in for pool; Hackney washes its hands of heritage siteLondon Fields Lido lights upLondon Fields hipster heaven costs council £140,000 

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