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D-Day for listed lido development

The lido
Councillors will decide on a developer to revamp the abandoned lido

A row over the revamp of a historic building and its surrounding green space is due to be settled.

Reading Borough councillors will decide on recommendations for the upgrade of the Kings Meadow Pool site in Caversham, Berkshire, at 1830 BST.

The King's Meadow Campaign group wants its own plan, including a new cafeteria, to be used.

But the council will also consider a revised bid from developer Askett Hawk for the 1902-built lido.

Previous plans for a new hotel and leisure complex were shelved when the lido won protection from demolition.

The council would never accept anything that led to a loss of green space
Graham Hoskin

In March, the council's culture and sport scrutiny panel agreed to recommend Askett Hawk as the developer offered "a more secure and long-lasting solution for the King's Meadow Pool".

Graham Hoskin, councillor for culture and sport, said: "Both plans still need further development.

"Askett Hawk has issues regarding planning factors, while King's Meadow has issues over economic viability.

"The council would never accept anything that led to a loss of green space," he added.

A council spokesman said although both projects would feature a refurbishment of the pool, which has not been in public use since 1974, "neither scheme has been worked up in any detail".

Bob O'Neil, of the King's Meadow Trust Campaign, urged the council to listen to what the community has asked for.

"By adding a cafeteria, changing room facilities and providing activities throughout the year, our development would be funded by the community and be cost neutral," he said.



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