I have to say how disappointed I was to read the plans South Lakeland District Council have for Grange Lido.

They would have us believe they wish to restore it and preserve the buildings for the public.

If they went ahead for their “light touch” restoration they could no longer call it a Lido.

The word Lido means beach, and where there is beach there should be water.

Sadly the council are firmly against restoring the pool despite the overwhelming health benefits of outdoor swimming and the growth of support throughout the country for the restoration of lidos.

They speak of “landscaping” which , according to the plans I have seen mean shrubs and gardens, as if Grange doesn’t have enough of these. Once the pool area is used for another purpose it would be unlikely to be brought back into use for swimming.

I just hope the electorate does not fall for the misleading language that the council use which implies a wholesale restoration of Grange Lido, which it has consistently resisted.

Judith Rigg