THE manager of an art deco lido has said it is time to set the record straight over the building’s future.

In March last year Dennis Audley, the leaseholder of Saltdean Lido, showed the community proposals for redeveloping the Grade II* listed building, which included 102 flats on the site.

The Save Saltdean Lido Campaign was set up by residents outraged by the plans. Members have produced their own business plan for the lido which they want to run as a community project.

But the management at the lido, which has refused to comment until now, said it is not and has never been at risk of closing. A spokesman for the 1930s building said the management had sought advice from experienced leisure operators, which had led to ideas to help keep the iconic lido and swimming pools open.

He said: “We have worked hard on our aspirations to incorporate the need for progress and modern day requirements, as well as keeping the lido building and swimming pools open.

“The health club and swimming pools employ local people both permanently and seasonally. The building is also occupied by the Saltdean Lido and Saltdean Community Association who manage and operate Saltdean Community Centre.

“To date no planning application has been submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council because the management wants to ensure that any changes to Saltdean Lido and its facilities are an enhancement for the community.

“We are dedicated in our endeavour that any improvements we do make will retain the essence of the lido but incorporate modern day requirements.”

Among the improvements Mr Audley is working on are volleyball courts and a children’s play area.

The spokesman said: “We have committed to work on the refurbishment of the building and facilities this year and we ask that the community is patient while these are carried out.”