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Hackney faces fresh swimming pool problems

The council embroiled in the Clissold Leisure Centre debacle has admitted to problems with another high-profile swimming pool project.

Hackney officials have revealed that the proposals to resurrect the London Fields Lido will not meet the deadline of the end of this month for opening.

Instead the outdoor swimming pool, which is being designed by S&P Architects, will open its doors to the public in mid-October.

The delays, which Hackney insists will not affect the budget, are down to the large quantities of asbestos and the 'very poor' state of the existing buildings.

A spokesman issued a statement with a thinly disguised reference to the problems on Stephen Hodder's Clissold, which has been a massive embarrassment to the council after closing some three years ago.

'The original programme was always a tight schedule and while the builders have overcome the issues on site and are working additional shifts to complete the work, our top priority has always been to do justice to this wonderful facility by getting it open and keeping it open; getting things right first time.

'Taking full advantage of the heated pool and changing facilities, we will keep the Lido open as long throughout the autumn and winter months as there is user demand.

'The Lido will then be ready to receive what we anticipate will be huge numbers of summer swimmers to Hackney's Urban Beach,' the statement added.

by Ed Dorrell

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