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Riverside revamp consultation due
The lido
The lido may be transformed into a cafe or changing rooms
The public are set to have their say on blueprint plans that could see a riverside theatre complex developed and a historic lido protected.

Reading Borough Council bosses are due to rubberstamp a draft development brief for the Caversham Lock area.

The brief includes plans for the theatre at Hill's Meadow to replace the Berkshire town's Hexagon venue.

The Grade II-listed lido at King's Meadow could also be transformed into a cafe, shops or changing rooms.

Six-week consultation

A campaign to protect the baths was launched when the council earmarked them for demolition as part of the sale of the land to developers.

But that planned deal was halted when the Edwardian open-air baths, which have been closed for the past 30 years, were awarded listed status.

Local campaigners remain concerned that development of the area will see too much open space lost.

The council's new development brief outlines how it hopes to see the King's Meadow, Caversham Lock Island, View Island and Hill's Meadow areas developed.

Members of the council's cabinet were set to approve the plans on Monday night.

There will then be a six-week consultation period.

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