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Trust backing bid to save Grange lido

A CAMPAIGN to save Grange’s outdoor swimming pool and restore it to its former glory is gathering momentum.

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: A vision of Grange Lido



The National Trust has thrown its weight behind the bid to prevent the redundant lido from being filled in under plans drawn up by the Berners Vision Partnership.

South Lakeland District Council selected the partnership – the Grange community’s preferred bidder – in 2008.

Mango Homes, which specialises in the restoration of historic architecture, put forward alternative proposals to SLDC last year in the hope of saving it, but these were thrown out by bosses who insisted plans were too far advanced.

An application to ‘spot-list’ the lido building has been made to English Heritage.

The company then launched a campaign in a last-ditch attempt to save the lido.

It includes a page on social networking website Facebook, called Save Grange Lido, which has more than 70 followers.

A spokeswoman from the National Trust said: “Grange lido remains one of only five seaside lidos in Britain, and the only one surviving in the North of England following the demolition and in-filling of the ones at Morecambe, Blackpool and Scarborough.

“It is an integral part of Grange promenade and a key building in the townscape which so many people enjoy. Nationally, lidos are becoming recognised as important pieces of heritage in their own right and some have been listed to protect them.

“At a time when the Lake District is looking for World Heritage status, the destruction of any historic building should be viewed very carefully in the context of the area’s heritage. Although the National Trust has no land-holdings in Grange, we would support proposals to consider the lido being restored, exploring other options before in-fill, especially if it were available for public access.”

Phil Bradby, of Mango Homes, speaking for the Save Grange Lido group, said: “We are delighted to have the support of an organisation as important as The National Trust.”



A spokeswoman for SLDC said: “We are aware that the lido has been put forward with the potential for spot-listing, which can be done by anybody.

“At the moment we don’t know what the outcome of the application will be so we can’t say whether it will have an impact on the current plans.”

Have your say

A few years ago after much work by Grange town folk a new indoor swimming pool and leisure centre was built. Only 2 yrs later it closed because not enough people used it. I don't believe that there is enough local support to make a lido financially viabe - we will be left with a derelict building. I understand that Phil, the main person behind this movement wishes to build a hotel on this site.The lido will be only open to the public for a few days each year. The town has not been asked what it wants and this movement has not written in the local newspaper to ask people for any comments. It is easy to support such a development in theory but in practice I wonder how many people wish to swim outside apart from in the height of the best weather.

Posted by lorraine hughes on 31 August 2011 at 22:15

Grange Lido is a special childhood memory as a child visiting the lido was cherished. We went as a family in my primary school yearssh Fresh Air exercise family time must be encouraged. Please restore it, list it and keep it in the family and not in a money grabbing exercise.

Posted by Tricia Lees on 31 August 2011 at 18:55

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