Saltdean Lido to open in summer 2015

Saltdean Lido
Saltdean Lido

A landmark art deco swimming pool will be open to the public again in June 2015, according to the community interest company leading the bid to revitalise Saltdean Lido.

Thanks to funding of £440,000 from the Goverment’s Social Investment Business group, the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) will be able to open the pool at weekends during term time and all week during the summer holidays next year.

The Grade II listed building was built in 1937 and has fallen into disrepair.

It still houses several businesses and community groups, but the Community Interest Company plans to open the pool once again.

The CIC has submitted a planning application for works to the external grounds, the swimming pool and the creation of a new plant room.

Rebecca Crook, director and chair of Saltdean Lido CIC, said: “This is a significant milestone in achieving our longer term vision of restoring the iconic Grade II* listed site.

“After four long years of campaigning, our hard work is paying off and we can’t wait to get the pool open for local residents to enjoy.”

Its plans include alterations to the pool to create a single pool, new volley ball court with mesh fencing and the re-instatement of paddling pool with canopy.

The CIC also wants permission to install four portakabins to provide changing facilities and toilets, with timber decking, entrance kiosk and beach huts.

It will also reline and light the swimming pool.