Lido fu­ture Coun­cil clar­i­fies rent dis­cus­sions

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AN up­date on the fu­ture of Sand­ford Parks Lido has been shared by Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil af­ter the out­door swim­ming pool’s trustees claimed the au­thor­ity ex­pects a share of in­come and in­creased rent.

Ear­lier this month the trustees of San­ford Park lido posted on their web­site claim­ing the bor­ough coun­cil “are now ex­pect­ing a sub­stan­tial an­nual rent from the char­ity, as well as a share of our in­come from sea­son ticket sales and the car park in­come”.

The cur­rent lease is due to con­tinue un­til 2021, but the char­i­ta­ble trust in charge of the lido said they wished to en­ter into early nega­tions with the coun­cil to “en­able the char­ity to ac­cess grant fund­ing for im­prove­ments to chang­ing rooms and other as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties.”

Bor­ough coun­cil chiefs had a pri­vate meet­ing with the lido’s trustees on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 14, re­gard­ing the fu­ture of the out­door swim­ing pool.

A spokes­woman said a re­vised report and val­u­a­tion will be shared with trustees af­ter they asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

A spokes­woman for the au­thor­ity said: “A con­struc­tive meet­ing was held be­tween Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun

cil and Sand­ford Lido Trust mem­bers re­gard­ing fu­ture ar­range­ments for this highly val­ued lo­cal amenity. “An in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial report was dis­cussed with the lido trustees who have asked for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on some ar­eas. “Their com­ments are be­ing fed back and it’s an­tic­i­pated that a re­vised report and val­u­a­tion will be shared with the trustees. “Both the trustees and the coun­cil want to en­sure the lido’s fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity and con­tin­ued im­prove­ments long into the fu­ture through the new lease agree­ment and we are work­ing to­gether to en­sure these ne­go­ti­a­tions can be brought to a swift and mu­tu­ally agree­able con­clu­sion.”

Early dis­cus­sions in­di­cated that the bor­ough coun­cil would is­sue the trust a new lease for a fur­ther term of 35 years, the trustees said.

In their state­ment, the trust raised con­cerns about fu­ture pric­ing un­der a new lease agree­ment with the bor­ough coun­cil.

They said: “It has been sug­gested to us that we can in­crease park­ing charges in or­der to max­imise our in­come.

“The char­ity has al­ways been sen­si­tive to the price of our car park and the en­try fees for our cus­tomers.”

“We do not be­lieve there is suf­fi­cient scope to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the over­all price to you, our cus­tomers.”

They have called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to “support the po­si­tion the Trust are taking on this im­por­tant is­sue” and to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of the wider com­mu­nity.

Built in 1935, Sand­ford Park lido was taken over by the trust in 1996.

Notes from the bor­ough coun­cil, page 22

Both the trustees and the coun­cil want to en­sure the lido’s fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity and con­tin­ued im­prove­ments

Sand­ford Parks Lido

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