Derelict lido site to be saved
23 January 2019
Councillors have made a landmark decision to refurbish the listed buildings at Grange Lido and re-open the site to the public after more than 25 years.
The work will make the derelict lido site stable, safe and accessible, preserving it for the benefit of the community.
Meanwhile we will continue to work with interested community groups to explore options for the future management of the site.
Welcoming today’s Cabinet approval, Councillor Jonathan Brook, our Deputy Leader, said: “The condition of the lido site is now critical. Soon the buildings and some of the structures will be beyond economical repair.
“We cannot let that happen. Intervention is required to save this important community asset which is a valuable part of our heritage.”
Councillors have approved a “light-touch” refurbishment which will include landscaping and potentially a removable infilling of the pool, so as not to preclude any future use for the site.
The plans will also create a new multi-use public space for the local community and visitors, landscaping and public realm improvements.
The Cabinet decision still needs the approval for £2 million at next month’s meeting of the Full Council.
Cllr Brook added: “Over the years the council has remained open to suggestions about the long-term running of the lido site, including proposals put forward by the campaign group Save Grange Lido.
“We must stress that any interested parties must be able to demonstrate a robust business case, prove they are able to raise the additional funding required, remove any need for ongoing public subsidy and have the agreement of Grange Town Council.”
Our planning committee will consider planning approval and listed building consent will be required in order to carry out the stabilisation and structural repairs.
We will continue to work with the local town council, the Grange Lido Community Interest Company and other interested parties to secure the future of the lido site in a way that is sympathetic to its listed status.
“Refurbishment will be an important step forward which will hopefully lead to a solution which will be viable, sustainable and acceptable to the residents of Grange and the wider district of South Lakeland,” added Cllr Brook.
Grange Lido was constructed in 1932 and remained open for 61 years until its closure in 1993 due to a combination of low usage and increasing operational and repair costs.
Pictured is an artist's impression of Grange Lido following the refurbishment work.