AN AMBITIOUS lido revitalization project is progressing.
Worthing Borough Council has made a multi-million pound bid to the government’s Leveling Up Fund to revitalize the listed structure.
Several options for reviving the Marine Parade landmark are being considered, including renewing the space as a family entertainment center, returning it to its pre-1957 status as a live entertainment venue with a bandstand, returning a heated swimming pool, or its complete change core usage.
But the council warned that without “significant external funding” some options, notably the swimming pool, “could prove difficult” for the council.
The council said the work to repair the concrete base to make it ready for rehabilitation could cost up to £10m and would need to be carried out in conjunction with deciding what will ultimately be the option above.
And it has now launched a major consultation, asking residents to suggest future uses of the lido.
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Worthing Borough Council vice-chairman Carl Walker said: “While it could be difficult to fund the full cost of the lido’s redevelopment, we would like to hear from residents first before delving deeply into options.
“It’s their lido, not ours, and we’re committed to informing our decision-making in light of what they say.
“If there are clear favorites for future use, we will do everything we can to make them a reality. So please take this Big List poll so we can get the best possible picture of what the future of this iconic landmark should be.”
The lido was originally built as a bandstand in 1925 on the site of the old 1897 birdcage bandstand.
The current “D2-shaped enclosure” was built on an extended raised substructure over the foreshore.
The swimming pool was added in 1957 when the structure became known as the Lido. The pool was decommissioned in 1989 and a concrete slab was laid over it.
The survey asks residents about their current use of the lido, what they would like to see in the future, how much they expect to pay for entertainment, and whether they would volunteer to help with maintenance.
local residents can fill out the online surveybut printed copies are also available at the town hall reception and in the lido itself.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20845994.worthing-borough-council-gives-update-lido-revival/?ref=rss Worthing Borough Council provides information on the revitalization of the Lido