SPLASH! AN EMAIL PLOPS into Loving Dalston’s email tank from Hackney council: London Fields Lido is to get a new, separate learner pool.
If the project at the heated outdoors pool wins public approval in a consultation, it will cost £4.5 million. Work could start in 2022.
London Fields User Group was a bit miffed at the news when Loving Dalston sought its response. Lfug’s Kevin Flemen said it was the first it had heard of the proposal.
He added: “We await more details and will canvass the views of our membership.”
It would have been decaying still but for campaigning by local people, which went on for 18 years before the council found the money — a sum by then much greater than it would have earlier been — to restore and reopen the art deco treasure in 2006.
Hence today’s Lido press release is awash with anti-Government quotes attributed to Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville.
This may be compulsory for Labour councils, but is it of immediate interest to anyone who just wants to learn to swim? Or, for that matter, for those who want just to swim.
In any case, regular Lido users, tired of clashes if not crashes in the busy lanes, will welcome anything that frees up a few metres.
Swimmers would nevertheless be wise to temper expectations. The budget seems high, as if the council is wary since its previous pool works went over-budget and behind schedule. And today’s handout does not say where the new pool will be built.
Will the council have to seek permission to remove some of the park’s magnificent trees? Parents of toddlers may be alarmed that the council does not mention the children’s pool.
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* Backstory: Reopening in January 2018; Lido fans splash-happy; Absurd lido panic; New swim date sinks without explanation; Lido nears end of repairs for serious leaks; Lido repairs going well, says contractor; Late reprieve for lido; Hiring a contractor is not going swimmingly; Lido’s off-the-wall horror; Sell Haggerston heritage says Hackney
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