Residents joy over Saltdean Lido deal

Residents are celebrating after the council’s “historic”

decision to take back control of Saltdean Lido.

After months of protests, petitions and speculation, Brighton and Hove City Council has agreed a deal to secure the lease back from businessman Dennis Audley.

Rebecca Crook, of the Save Saltdean Lido campaign, said: “It is through the support of local residents and the dedicated team of volunteers that we have got where we are today.

“This is the solution that local people wanted.

“We want to see a vibrant lido and from our point of view we feel that we are best placed to provide that.”

Liz Lee, of the Saltdean Community Association, which is based on the site and supports 700 people a week, added: “We want to ensure the long-term vitality of the lido and look forward to working with the council for these aims.”

The Argus understands that the council paid £160,000 to secure the lease with the repair bill set to come in at an extra £200,000.

The move has received cross-party support with councillors praising the campaign group’s determination.

Architects Conran and Partners, who specialise in art deco buildings, backed the lido campaign.

They said the facility was “an outstanding part of the city’s heritage”.

Paul Zara, from the firm, added: “The art deco era is unique in British building history.

Saltdean Lido is a beautiful iconic building which should be preserved.

“We are delighted the lido is back in council ownership and we look forward to having the opportunity to work further on the campaign’s plans to successfully run the lido and to restore this fine building and facilities to their former glory.

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5:56pm Fri 1 Jun 12

John60 says...

The council will probably end up demolishing it and leaving it like that for decades just like the Black Rock one.
The council will probably end up demolishing it and leaving it like that for decades just like the Black Rock one. John60

6:41pm Fri 1 Jun 12

rolivan says...

So why were other Iconic Art Deco Buildings in the City allowed to slowly crumble.How much use is it going to get?
The Black Rock Pool was only used during the Summer Holidays.People with vested interests are always going to be in favour,will they pick up the tab for the losses?
So why were other Iconic Art Deco Buildings in the City allowed to slowly crumble.How much use is it going to get? The Black Rock Pool was only used during the Summer Holidays.People with vested interests are always going to be in favour,will they pick up the tab for the losses? rolivan

8:26am Sat 2 Jun 12

BrightonArchitect says...

You can't expect to be able to save everything. But the best should be given a new lease of life if possible. The whole point of Saltdean Lido is that it's not just a pool. It's a community centre. If Lewes can make the Pells Pool work then we must be able to get Saltdean Lido profitable!
You can't expect to be able to save everything. But the best should be given a new lease of life if possible. The whole point of Saltdean Lido is that it's not just a pool. It's a community centre. If Lewes can make the Pells Pool work then we must be able to get Saltdean Lido profitable! BrightonArchitect

10:19am Sat 2 Jun 12

Busterblister says...

If it's so viable, why didn't the protest group buy it between them? Whay are taxpayers taking the risk?
If it's so viable, why didn't the protest group buy it between them? Whay are taxpayers taking the risk? Busterblister

7:32pm Sat 2 Jun 12

bug eye says...

will Conran now draw up some free architect plans as they are so involved with the council and seem to get big projects through planning more successfully than others.
will Conran now draw up some free architect plans as they are so involved with the council and seem to get big projects through planning more successfully than others. bug eye

1:13pm Sun 3 Jun 12

rolivan says...

BrightonArchitect wrote:
You can't expect to be able to save everything. But the best should be given a new lease of life if possible. The whole point of Saltdean Lido is that it's not just a pool. It's a community centre. If Lewes can make the Pells Pool work then we must be able to get Saltdean Lido profitable!
So you do have a vested interest by saying "we"
[quote][p][bold]BrightonArchitect[/bold] wrote: You can't expect to be able to save everything. But the best should be given a new lease of life if possible. The whole point of Saltdean Lido is that it's not just a pool. It's a community centre. If Lewes can make the Pells Pool work then we must be able to get Saltdean Lido profitable![/p][/quote]So you do have a vested interest by saying "we" rolivan

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