Hackney swimmers drip tears as London Fields Lido reopening date sinks without explanation

LonFieldsLido©DA0917: London Fields Lido Dalston E8 220917 © david.altheer@gmail.com
As the councillor said, frustrating: water in the pool but still closed
lido©DA031017: out-of-date ad @ #LondonFields Lido, pool in London Fields, London E8, as it awaits reopening after repairs © david,altheer@gmail,com 300917
Added ovals show why would-be swimmers are wasting their time going to the pool for updates

* Update 031017: As today’s photograph of the sign, above, outside the lido and around London Fields park, shows, Hackney council and the absurdly named Better (than what?) are still drowning in confusion over how to communicate the truth. Let Loving Dalston help. The latest problem is the entrance hall: from its ceiling cables and dangly electrical things hang, which would prompt a lido lover to ditch their swimsuit for a safety jacket. Similar horrors can be seen around the pool


* UPDATE 280917: Completing the work on London Fields Lido “to the required standard” could take weeks, Hackney today told Loving Dalston. The council is now chary of giving a time but will announce a “revised reopening date as soon as the contractor confirms when the work will be completed”

Councillor Jon Burke said: “The main repair work of replacing the screed, render and tiles in the swimming pool has been completed” but there was still snagging “to the pool and outdoor areas”.

THE GAMBLE of setting an opening date for London Fields Lido has failed. Under questioning by Loving Dalston today, Hackney council has had to admit that the heated 50m pool will not reopen this Saturday 30 September 2017 as announced.

Instead, the town hall sheepishly stated that the 50m heated pool would “reopen as soon as possible”.

London Fields Lido Hackney David Altheer
Night is right: evening swimming was a hot innovation

At this stage, all that Loving Dalston can provide is an apology from community services councillor Jon Burke.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “the contractors have been further delayed in the completion of their works…” It was “incredibly frustrating”, but he wanted the work completed to the “highest possible standard”.

He added: “I would like to apologise to everyone who was looking forward to using the pool on Saturday.”

Perhaps he is under-estimating the tolerance of pool users. Anyone who has read Loving Dalston’s exclusive reports over the last year will understand the difficulty of finding a contractor able to repair a repair — the Lido started leaking less than 10 years after it was previously renovated.

Some home-owners have learnt even to be wary of builders’ estimates for finishing work.

David Altheer 270917

In the slow lane: other news outlets have been trying to get the latest on this story. A once-respected local newspaper has had to resort to lifting bits from an earlier statement run by Loving Dalston; others have been pestering Hackney council press office for new info.

Backstory: Lido nears end of repairs for serious leaksLido repairs going well, says contractorLate reprieve for lidoHiring a contractor is not going swimminglyLido’s off-the-wall horror

London Fields Lido © david Altheer
Happy paddlers: swimmers revel in the Lido’s OIympic length

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