Coun­cil plans to re­open city lido

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HULL: A ma­jor step is set to be taken this month to­wards re­open­ing a lido which has been closed for 25 years to help meet the grow­ing de­mand for out­door swim­ming.

The pool at Al­bert Av­enue Baths was last used for pub­lic swim­ming in the 1980s. The fa­cil­ity will join the small list of out­door pools in York­shire.

A MA­JOR step is to be taken this month to­wards re­open­ing a Hull lido which has been closed for 25 years to help meet the grow­ing de­mand for out­door swim­ming.

The out­door pool at Al­bert Av­enue Baths was last used for pub­lic swim­ming in the late 1980s.

The ren­o­vated fa­cil­ity will join the small list of out­door swim­ming pools in York­shire, in­clud­ing Ilk­ley Lido, which at­tracts up to 150,000 vis­its a year, and pools at In­gle­ton and Helm­s­ley.

Coun Dave Craker, who holds the leisure port­fo­lio on Hull Coun­cil, said: “Ev­ery­body I speak to thinks it is a great idea.

“Lots of groups have in­quired about it. Out­door swim­ming is a fash­ion­able thing.”

The lido project is part of a £7.5m scheme which in­cludes ur­gently needed main­te­nance for both Al­bert Av­enue and Bev­er­ley Road Baths – both suf­fer with leak­ing roofs.

The cost of the project has soared by £2.8m over pre­vi­ously pub­lished es­ti­mates, in part, Coun Craker said, due to the cost of putting in pipes to heat the wa­ter in an out­side lido.

A re­port to the coun­cil’s cabi­net on Mon­day next week said the roof of Bev­er­ley Road Baths – which opened to the pub­lic in 1905 and is a Grade II star build­ing – has “mul­ti­ple ar­eas of wa­ter ingress”.

The ma­jor­ity of the money, £4.6m, how­ever, will be spent on Al­bert Av­enue, which was built in 1933.

Ex­ten­sions will be built to house an en­larged gym and new well-be­ing classes and there will also be an in­ter­nal re­fit of me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal work to bring the build­ing up to mod­ern stan­dards.

Hull Coun­cil leader Steve Brady said if a de­ci­sion was made to progress the project at the

Out­door swim­ming is a fash­ion­able thing.

Coun Dave Craker, cabi­net mem­ber for leisure on Hull Coun­cil.

meet­ing, they would “crack on” with it.

Coun Brady re­called the “many plea­sur­able hours” peo­ple spent at the lido in East Park, which opened in 1964 but closed in 1988.

He added: “One of the best things was the East Park Lido in times gone by. It was a big lido and peo­ple spent many plea­sur­able hours in there. It was ab­so­lutely packed.

“Hope­fully it will have a rea­son­able tem­per­a­ture – we don’t get many warm days.”

Al­bert Av­enue is due to close in March 2020 for be­tween 14 and 16 months, while Bev­er­ley Road Baths will shut in May 2021 for 10 to 12 months.

En­nerdale Leisure Cen­tre, which has been closed since July for a £1.76m re­vamp, is due to re­open in Jan­uary.

It was an­nounced last week all three swim­ming pools at Woodford Leisure Cen­tre in Hold­er­ness Road would re­main closed un­til fur­ther no­tice due to a prob­lem with the heat­ing sys­tem.

The cen­tre re­opened last May af­ter be­ing closed for 18 months for a multi-mil­lion pound ren­o­va­tion.

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