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Lido CLOSED for the summer

PUBLISHED: 10:39 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:56 25 August 2010

DECREPIT: The Charlton Lido.

DECREPIT: The Charlton Lido.

A LIDO has been closed for the summer because council bosses haven t signed the right paperwork, it is claimed

A LIDO has been closed for the summer because council bosses haven't signed the right paperwork, it is claimed.

Greenwich council's notice pinned on the front of Charlton Lido in Shooters Hill Road states the closure is due to refurbishment, but a councillor claims no work is being carried out and a swimming club is still using the pool.

It is understood the private company the council hired to regenerate the site, Open Waters Investment Limited, has not even received the engrossed lease.

Work was due to begin in the spring this year and be completed by 2011 but a council spokesperson refused to comment on the delay when quizzed by the Times.

Deputy leader of the council's Conservative Group Graeme Coombes said: "It is truly astonishing - only Greenwich council could decide to close an open air swimming pool as schools are also about to break up for the summer holidays.

"Our young people, too often denied good sporting facilities in Greenwich, will be denied yet another local facility.

"I am afraid that this is another example of the Labour council hiding its inactivity and incompetence behind press releases and walls - from the outside, it is possible to imagine that work is taking place inside the Lido, however, I have established this is simply not the case.

"Greenwich Conservatives welcome the refurbishment of the Lido, but Labour in Greenwich are all talk and no action - they should either open the Lido or start the works, preferably opening the pool for the summer and then starting the works in the autumn. Surely this is just common sense?"

Improvements planned include an indoor diving centre, gym, clubroom, staff accommodation, car parking and an upgraded playground.

A spokesperson for the council provided the following statement: "Details of the lease are currently being finalised and responsibility will be transferred to Open Waters as these discussions conclude. The transfer of ownership will enable Open Waters to maintain its development timetable, release funds from their backers and progress the scheme in time for next year. Delay to this timetable could jeopardise its opening in 2010.

"The development will also preserve the lido and maintain the historically popular community venue which may have otherwise closed due to health and safety issues."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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