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Brilliant News – Grange Lido to reopen in 2024

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Grange Lido Update

Back in April 2019, I wrote about our historic Grade II Listed Lido along with the plans for it to be saved and the site regenerated. Since then, good progress has been made and, in March, South Lakeland District Council agreed to move forward with work to renovate the main pavilion and diving board structure and fill in the pool and nearby terracing. Although the agreement excludes the hoped for central water feature, the costs of regeneration have been substantially reduced and there are plans to make it feasable, at some point in the future, to return it to a swimming facility.

The Council has also agreed, as part of the regeneration, to carry out structural repairs to the sea defence wall, the infrastructure for future street lighting to be installed and the promenade to be spruced up. Figures show that there is a financial deficit gap of £867,047 needing to be met, but the Council is confident it is a position to meet this from reserves it is able to call upon.

A breakdown of the figures for the project reveal the following:

Grange Promenade: £1,097,000
Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) Bid for Grange Promenade: £1,100,000
Grange Lido: £1,960,000
Grange Re-generation: £157,000
Total: £4,314,000

A spokesperson for the District Council said:

The work at the derelict SLDC owned lido, will preserve it for the benefit of the community and see it reopen to the public again after more than 25 years, creating a new multi-use public space for the local community and visitors.’

Plans for Reopening

If all goes well, Grange Lido will open again in 2024, after lying forlorn and derelict for over a quarter of a century. The new site will include a gym, pavilion, restaurant and amphitheatre.

Although the news of Grange Lido reopening is exciting in itself, there is an additional treat in store! Save Grange Lido, the group behind the efforts to reopen the lido, are working with Eden Project North (EPN) on plans to open both attractions on the same day. The two groups have formed a bond, with a spokesperson for Save Grange Lido recently saying:

‘Both attractions will open on the same day, if the stars align, that would be our dream,’

‘We have a really good relationship with Eden Project North and we have already chatted to them about working together in the future.’

‘We could potentially be able to put together a package of tickets for the Eden Project and us.’

‘They have been really supportive of us and we will be meeting with them again soon to sort out our agendas.’

Will it happen? I hope so. It will be a terrific boost to the area if these two great projects can deliver a joint opening of their venues – one on each side of The Bay.

I’ll keep you posted with future news.

(Additional reporting (with thanks): The Mail & LancsLive)

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