Tory cuts – Aldershot Lido threatened with closure

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I guess this type of story is going to become all to familiar over the coming months as communities battle to stop councils from saving a few thousand quid by closing Lidos.

For me Lidos like Aldershot have huge architectural significance (as well as being fantastic places to hang out) and closing them is a horrific type of cultural vandalism.

It’s no surprise that the last serious Lido cull was in the 80s and early 90s – wonder who was in power then?

Anyhow here are few words from the local paper – the full story is here http://www.gethampshire.co.uk/news/s/2086196_lido_could_be_axed_as_part_of_co…

ALDERSHOT’S historic lido could be closed as part of council plans to cut £1million of public services next year.

The outdoor swimming complex is thought to be one of the services to the public that might face the axe in Aldershot and Farnborough as Rushmoor Borough Council struggles to cut £2.4m from its budget in April.

The proposal is understood to be one of those being considered behind closed doors by councillors.

The threat to the lido is not the first it has faced in its 80-year history. The pool, which was used as one of the venues for the 1948 Olympic Games, has consistently run at a loss, costing taxpayers almost a quarter of a million pounds last year after the dismal summer weather in 2009 meant visitor numbers were down.

Although it costs less than a third of both the Aldershot indoor pools and Farnborough leisure centre, it is thought that the cost is considered high for a facility that is only open for a few months each year, despite being enjoyed by up to 50,000 visitors.

2 thoughts on “Tory cuts – Aldershot Lido threatened with closure

  1. We know the problem – our open air swimming pool was closed by the counil in 2008 BUT we fought back, formed a company and bought it! We re-opened this year as Beccles Lido – go see how we did it at our facebook page "Welcome to Beccles Lido" – hope it can inspire someone to do the same with Aldershot Lido

  2. Hi Shaun you guys should be so proud. I followed the Beccles Lido story and swam there three times this summer. A fantastic example of a community getting together to preserve something amazing.

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