A COMMUNITY library is set to close for three weeks while work takes place on a nearby lido.

Saltdean Library will close from 5pm next Tuesday while work takes place to the Saltdean Lido.

A temporary premises, next to the entrance of the current library, will not open until December 14 and will have reduced opening hours.

The nearest library for residents during the closure is Rottingdean Library.

Brighton and Hove City Council have apologised for any inconvenience.

Restoration work on the derelict lido is set to transform the site back to its former glory of the late 1930s, with ambitious plans to make it financially viable so it does not fall back into disrepair.

The lido was saved from development which would have seen the space turned into 102 flats in 2013.

The 40-metre pool tank was re-opened in 2017, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors in its first year.

The library will be restored as part of the plans, as well as featuring various meeting rooms, a bar, coffee lounge, a heritage learning zone, and lots of space for activities.

A spiral staircase, blocked off years ago, will also be restored to act as a centre piece to the building, connecting all the floors of the building and adding to the cruise ship-like feel.

Director at the Saltdean Lido community interest company Deryck Chester said they aim to ensure the lido is financially viable by having multiple income streams.

He said: “We think it will be a nice addition to the city’s tourism. It is is the only Grade II* listed lido in the UK and it belongs to Brighton. That is something really to be celebrated.”

The majority of the work will take place next year, with the planned restoration hopefully being complete by late summer 2023.

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