Exciting new vision for lido could still be a reality
Revised plan includes splash pad and adventure golf
Rushmoor Borough Council will consider revised proposals for the lido, which dates back to the 1930s and was used for the modern pentathlon in the 1948 Olympic Games, at a date yet to be confirmed.
It is hoped the second design will satisfy critics of the first plan, which was brought to the table in October 2013.
The proposed makeover includes a large heated outdoor pool, more water flumes, a ‘ splash pad’ for children and an all- year adventure golf facility.
Also on the cards is replacing the indoor pools with a new one as well as a training pool, gym, dance studio and café.
If agreed, the regeneration will make the lido more family- friendly and appeal to a wider audience by encouraging people to take part in a range of activities.
Councillor Bruce Thomas, chairman of the council’s lido review working group, predicts the plans will be a success.
“This is an exciting time for Aldershot and if affordable, we think these new facilities will be popular with our residents and visitors,” he said.
“We recognise that we need to improve the lido to increase usage and reduce the subsidy.”
The project should address concerns raised over the lido’s sustainability – between 2014 and 2015, the outdoor pool had a whopping 10,000 reduction in attendances.
Previous opposition to the plans has died down following a residents’ questionnaire last summer and it is hoped the revised proposal will address concerns.
Justin Coll, head of the Aldershot Civic Society, told said: “It seems that the council has listened to our concerns and questions.
“People asked for a cafe, which is now included in the plans.
“There were also concerns over the shape of the pool and sustainability of the outdoor pool but the heated pool will mean people can use it throughout the year.”
The revised proposal also incorporates a splash pad within the existing pool structure, rather than replacing a pool, which was also a cause of concern among residents.
Members of the Friends of Aldershot Lido ( FOAL) have raised concerns over the revamp in the past.
Following the first proposal in 2015, Cllr Alex Crawford warned the council risked dividing Aldershot and Rushmoor if it failed to listen to residents.
However, he has since said he supports the proposals, adding: “FOAL is supporting the proposal and we are working with the lido review group to bring this vision forward.”
But not all critics are en- tirely convinced.
Mr Coll said: “We are still concerned that the golf course will replace the green space people enjoy sitting the summer.
“We need more detailed plans for the Civic Society to fully support it.” on during
The council has given an assurance that all financial options, costs and viability will be explored before the plans go ahead.