Local Conservatives have welcomed the news that Saltdean Lido is to be handed back to Brighton & Hove City Council with immediate effect.
A report agreed unanimously at a special Policy & Resources Committee meeting today (May 30th) recommended accepting the deal negotiated with the businessman currently leasing the Grade 2-star listed building to vacate the property. This follows months of legal discussions between the lessee and the Council, which owns the building.
Ward Councillor for Rottingdean Coastal Lynda Hyde said: On the face of it this is fantastic news for the local community and is the culmination of many months and years of tireless campaigning. I would like to thank the residents of Saltdean, community associations, campaign groups, fellow ward councillors and Council officers for all the hard work they have put in to enable us to get to this stage. It has been a real team effort. This has been a long drawn out process but it looks as though we are finally there. I very much hope that arrangements can now be put in place to enable theLido to open in time for the busy summer season and I look forward to future improvements and enhancements for the benefit of residents, both in Saltdean and across the whole city.
Conservative Group Leader Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald added: I am delighted that an agreement has finally been reached with the leaseholder and I commend the 3 local ward councillors Lynda Hyde, Mary Mears and David Smith for all their efforts in helping to bring this about. As I said at today’s meeting, I would now like to see the Council work closely with all sections of the local community to bring the management of the Lido back onto a sustainable footing, particularly given the significant financial challenges that remain for whoever eventually takes it on.