Public exhibitions about the future of the country’s only Grade II* lido are being held at the weekend (January 12 and 13) at St Nicholas Church Hall, Saltdean Vale, Saltdean.
Locals and Saltdean Lido-lovers from around the country are invited to drop in between 3pm and 6pm each day to give feedback on the current ideas and plans for the pool and art deco building.
They will also be able to join the Community Interest Company membership scheme which is only £5 annually (membership also available online at www.saltdeanlido.co.uk)
Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido CIC, said: “The Saltdean Lido site is on English Heritage’s ‘At Risk Register’ and its future is still not safe.
“Our plans are intended to stimulate debate and to get feedback.
“The weekend is a chance for people to tell us what they would like to see at the site.
“The lido pool and building are local assets and everyone should have a say about their futures.”
The freehold and lease of the entire Saltdean Lido site is now owned by Brighton & Hove City Council which seems likely to put the lease out to tender during 2013.
Saltdean Lido CIC will take part in any future tendering process and believes it is the only membership based bidder which will run the site and its facilities on behalf of the community, reinvesting profits back into this unique asset to ensure its long-term use by future generations.
Conran & Partners Architects continue to support the CIC on a pro-bono basis and have been instrumental in drawing up the current plans which include:
*modernising and upgrading the building which have been neglected for many years;
*heating the pool;
*creating a new affordable gym space with a dedicated exercise studio for classes;
*improving and creating added community room space with a range of spaces and a suitable lift to the first floor to improve accessibility.
*creating an all-year round cafe and restaurant open daily with access to the sun terraces
*overhauling the external grounds creating seating areas, a children’s wet-play area, beach volleyball and possibly opening up access to the site linking it to the under-cliff walkway
*a larger library space with modernised facilities
*ensuring the building and grounds are utilised all-year round by looking at winter uses including a temporary ice-skating rink
*regular monthly events indoors and outdoors including farmers markets and arts, music and sports events
The public exhibitions will give residents the opportunity to view the plans and vision of Saltdean Lido CIC as well as having the chance to meet the Directors & Architects and ask questions.
Rebecca said: “We have already undertaken extensive research but it really is crucial that people attend to give their feedback on the future of this iconic landmark building.”