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Saltdean Lido rescue moves closer

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Campaigners vying to save the grade II*-listed Saltdean Lido in Brighton look set to be handed control of the seaside pool

Brighton & Hove City Council will recommended that Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) are awarded provisional preferred bidder status at a meeting of the Economic Development and Culture Committee later this month.

If the recommendations are followed, Saltdean Lido CIC in partnership with Wave Lesure Trust could take over the lease in the near future. The recommendation follows a three and a half year campaign to stop part of the Art Deco lido being demolished for flats, and run it on behalf of the community instead.

Saltdean Lido CIC plans to heat the swimming pool water and transform the lido site into an all-year-round destination. This would include ice-skating in the winter when the swimming pool will be closed.

The 1938 Lido received an upgrading to grade II* (star) listed status in 2011, boosting the campaign’s chances of saving the building.

Paul Zara, director at Conran & Partners Architects, which has supported the campaign to save Saltdean Lido since 2010 said: ‘The team behind this bid will turn the lido into a national destination, but most importantly it is the heart of Saltdean and a much loved friend.’

CIC chair Rebecca Crook said: ‘The building and swimming pool needs millions of pounds spent on it. From the outside, it might look ok but there are serious structural issues which have left particularly the front part of the building in a very poor condition.

‘Nevertheless we are very confident in our ability to transform Saltdean Lido into a commercially viable and financially self - sufficient operation for the benefit of local people and visitors alike.’

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