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.