Future Lidos Group launch ‘Pooling Resources’. 

Future Lidos is an informal network of community-led projects and campaigns around the UK and Ireland, dedicated to reviving outdoor pool swimming in our communities.

The group was inspired by the collaborative energy of three National Lido Conferences convened by The Lido Guide authors Emma Pusill and Janet Wilkinson. The group has been meeting regularly since then, and steadily growing: there are now over 40 known projects, and more are emerging all the time.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded £99,800 to the Future Lidos Group for an exciting collaboration, ‘Pooling Resources’. The group aims to “work together to spread the joy of outdoor pool swimming”.

The Broomhill Pool Trust is proud to be an active member.

https://futurelidos.org/about

4 thoughts on “Future Lidos Group launch ‘Pooling Resources’. 

    1. Hi Stephen,

      thanks so much for your interest in Broomhill Pool, and asking when the lido is due to reopen.

      To recap, all funding pledges from Ipswich Borough Council (IBC), Fusion Lifestyle and National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) were in place. The £7.25m restoration works were due to commence in April 2020. However, covid and lockdowns hit, causing Fusion Lifestyle to furlough some 3000 staff and mothball all the 140 leisure facilities they operate.
      The leisure sector was rocked. Fusion’s income evaporated for the best part of two years, while construction inflation escalated due to disruption to global supply chains and materials (due to covid and the Ukraine conflict).

      However, Fusion, Ipswich Borough Council, NLHF and Broomhill Pool Trust have continued to work in partnership, and to explore all avenues to bridge the gap.

      IBC and our two MPs have recently applied for £2.8m Levelling Up Funding with the outcome due at the end of January.

      If the Levelling Up Fund bid is successful, works could start quite quickly.
      If the Levelling Up Bid fails, then the Trust will continue to lobby and work with the stakeholders to explore all other avenues and options to keep the project alive.

      After so great an effort we remain hopeful that the Levelling Up ‘Gods’ will shine on Broomhill Pool, putting Ipswich on the map for all the right reasons!

      Please do look online at http://www.broomhillpool.org for l;atets news and our photo archive. This has a selection of photos for every decade from 1930s through to 2020s.

      Best wishes.
      Mark Ling
      The Broomhill Pool Trust.
      http://www.savebroomhillpool.org

  1. When can we expect to see any work starting at Broomhill, I notice that the trees that were cut down are growing like mad again

    1. Hi Joe,

      thanks so much for your interest in Broomhill Pool, and asking when the lido is due to reopen.

      To recap, all funding pledges from Ipswich Borough Council (IBC), Fusion Lifestyle and National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) were in place. The £7.25m restoration works were due to commence in April 2020. However, covid and lockdowns hit, causing Fusion Lifestyle to furlough some 3000 staff and mothball all the 140 leisure facilities they operate.
      The leisure sector was rocked. Fusion’s income evaporated for the best part of two years, while construction inflation escalated due to disruption to global supply chains and materials (due to covid and the Ukraine conflict).

      However, Fusion, Ipswich Borough Council, NLHF and Broomhill Pool Trust have continued to work in partnership, and to explore all avenues to bridge the gap.

      IBC and our two MPs have recently applied for £2.8m Levelling Up Funding with the outcome due at the end of January.

      If the Levelling Up Fund bid is successful, works could start quite quickly.
      If the Levelling Up Bid fails, then the Trust will continue to lobby and work with the stakeholders to explore all other avenues and options to keep the project alive.

      After so great an effort we remain hopeful that the Levelling Up ‘Gods’ will shine on Broomhill Pool, putting Ipswich on the map for all the right reasons!

      Please do look online at http://www.broomhillpool.org for latest news and our photo archive. This has a selection of photos from every decade from 1930s through to 2020s.

      Best wishes.
      Mark Ling
      The Broomhill Pool Trust.
      http://www.savebroomhillpool.org

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