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Hilsea Lido Group Prepare for Takeover This Week

Published: 31st August 2010 13:09

 Hilsea Lido Trust members with Leader of the Council Councillor Gerald Vernon Jackson Going from strength to strength the Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust (HLPP) are now permanent residents of the Hilsea Lido, well for the next 99 years at least!

After three years of negotiating with Portsmouth City Council (PCC) HLPP trust signed a 99 year lease for the management of the Hilsea Lido main pool and Blue Lagoon back in June 2010, HLPP have now completed the three month period and will become the new owners of the site on 3rd September 2010. This is a fantastic achievement for the charitable trust which began as a pressure group back in 2007.

Unfortunately at present an agreement cannot be reached over the management of the Splash Pool which remained closed this summer. PCC reported that a large amount of repairs and investment are needed to reopen the facility to the public. HLPP will continue talks with PCC in the hope an agreement can be met as the Splash Pool is an important part of the whole site especially for families with young children.

September is due to be a very busy month for HLPP as the trust will also be preparing and hosting their second annual Heritage weekend and Family Fun Day. As part of the national English Heritage open days the Hilsea Lido will be celebrating 75 years of Lido Lifestyle across the weekend of 11th & 12th September (1pm-4pm) with an exhibition held within the changing rooms and free walks and talks around the Lido site giving visitors the opportunity to explore the old and admire recent onsite developments.  The Hilsea Lido Family Fun-day will take place on Saturday 11th September (1pm - 4pm) with activities for everyone including fun races, wellie throwing with Brian Kidd, Harley Davidson Static display and much, much more.  

This weekend will give HLPP and the people of Portsmouth a chance to celebrate the huge success and achievement of the trust and will encourage everyone to look forward to the future and explore plans for the revival of the site.

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Roy C
At 17:18 on 2nd September 2010, Roy C commented:
Re the HLPP takeover of Hilsea Lido....Congratulations to the team who made this possible.

I was brought up in Portsnouth, Cosham and Paulsgrove and have many happy memories of the Area and of course Hilsea Lido.
Many a happy day was spent there when it was in its prime.

I now live in Canada but return to the UK from time to time to visit relatives in the Area. On such occasions a loving glance or visit to Hilsea Lido despite its rundown state at times, prompted me to recall many happy memories at the Lido.

The splash pool where my parents took me as a child, the full size pool where my school took us for swimming lessons even though the water was cold, the boating lake where we would search for fresh water shrimps, where I took my first boat ride and also my first colour photographs. The 'wilderness' area towards Alexandra Park also brought memories of play acting Tarzan adventures and later on in years a place to snuggle with a girl friend.

I could go on, but yes indeed Hilsea Lido is special to me and I am so glad that the HLPP saw fit to preserve it for the current residents of the Area.

Congratulations again
Roy Crew
( ex, Portsmouth, Cosham/Portsdown and Paulsgrove resident
Ontario, Canada
Lido Lil
At 08:15 on 3rd September 2010, Lido Lil commented:
Thanks Roy, it's great for us as a group to start to get the recognition for all the hard work that has gone into this project. We've faced many challenges and will continue to do so!

Lovely to read some of your memories - that is what is so important, recognising the significant part Hilsea Lido has played in the lives of so many & realising that we can ensure that it continues to feature in the lives of future generations.

You can keep up to date on what is happening with Hilsea Lido Pool for the People via our (newly update) website www.hilsea-lido.org.uk and/or joining us on our Facebook page, Hilsea Lido Poo for the People.

Today is a day of huge significance to us, we now have the real opportunity of doing something very special with Hilsea Lido and for the people of Portsmouth and beyond.

Lido Lil
At 08:16 on 3rd September 2010, Lido Lil commented:
Ooops, sorry! I meant to write Pool for the People!!!!! or was that a freudian slip!!!!!!! ;o)

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