Lido future Council clarifies rent discussions
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