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Last-ditch attempt to save Grange’s ‘heritage’ pool

A LAST-ditch bid to save Grange’s outdoor swimming pool from being filled in has been rejected by council bosses.

JLS lido
HOW IT WOULD LOOK: An artist’s impression of Grange Lido

The redundant lido is set to be lost as a swimming facility under plans drawn up by the Berners Vision Partnership.

South Lakeland District Council selected the partnership – the Grange community’s preferred bidder – in 2008 to revolutionise the extended Berners site.

The project is well under way behind the scenes. But Mango Homes, which specialises in the restoration of historic architecture, heard about the plans for the lido late last year and asked SLDC to consider its proposal to return the lido to its former glory. But SLDC has insisted plans are too far advanced.

Mango Homes boss Phil Bradby said, under his proposed scheme, the pool could have been remodelled to bring it in line with modern safety requirements.

There would have been a depth suitable for paddling, but the central section would be kept at a depth suitable for swimming.

Mr Bradby said it could also be feasible to heat it.

He also proposed to restore the buildings adjacent to the pool, with the upper sections made into seven holiday apartments to generate income to pay for the pool’s upkeep.

David Sykes, SLDC interim corporate director for communities, said: “During late 2008, following a competitive selection process involving hundreds of Grange residents, the council selected the Berners Vision Partnership as the preferred developer for the Berners site, including the former open air swimming pool.

“That process is at an advanced stage of negotiation.

“As we have selected our preferred developer following a competitive process, we are not in a position to consider proposals from other developers.

“We have met with the developer to explain this situation to them.”

Mr Bradby said: “The Lido has been there for almost 80 years and is still in surprisingly good shape, so is it really impossible to save it?

“It hasn’t been filled in yet and no paperwork has been signed, so I struggle to see why the council say it is too late.”

Have your say

Yes, the Grange lido should be restored and reopened.

I've read that the plan is for it to be very shallow - that's daft; though a shallower end/area should be available.

I'd propose it be roofed with a curved structure that fits with the shapes of the Bay and fells. Solar panels should be included to heat the water - and the roof would be good insulation - so it can be open all year.

Posted by robin le mare on 18 May 2011 at 18:24

A classic case of SLDC knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Posted by Neil Probert on 8 March 2011 at 10:38

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