Plans for a brand new lido in llford unveiled with fitness center studio.

Plans for a brand new lido in llford unveiled with fitness center studio.

New Lido and Fitness Hub Proposed in Valentine’s Park, Ilford

Initial plans for a new lido and fitness hub in Valentine’s Park, Ilford, have been revealed as Redbridge Council launches a public consultation regarding the proposed six-lane outdoor pool.

Invitation for Public Feedback

Redbridge Council is urging residents to provide their input on the proposed designs, which encompass a 25-meter outdoor swimming pool, a café, a gym, a dance studio, and an outdoor picnic area. These plans are currently open for public consultation.

Historical Context

The complex is set to be constructed in proximity to the borough’s original lido, which served as a recreational spot for families from 1923 to 1995. Redbridge Council has committed to having the new pool operational by August of the following year. This initiative is part of a broader trend, with three new lidos being proposed in the capital in response to the increasing popularity of outdoor swimming.

Sustainability and Cost-Efficiency

Redbridge Council has stated its intention to ensure the lido in Ilford is both sustainable and cost-efficient. The council anticipates that the outdoor pool will generate sufficient income to cover its operational expenses once it is up and running.

Public Consultations

Local residents have the opportunity to view the initial designs during two public consultations scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Redbridge Central Library. The proposed lido will also feature amenities such as changing facilities, a children’s splash pad, and a meeting room.

Council’s Perspective

Councillor Kam Rai, Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Regeneration, emphasized the council’s commitment to enhancing leisure facilities for the benefit of local families and visitors. He stressed the new lido’s role in providing a sustainable and enjoyable outdoor exercise space while contributing to the local economy and preserving the heritage of Valentines Park.

Investment in Leisure Facilities

The proposed lido, with an estimated cost not exceeding £4 million, forms part of an £11 million council investment in leisure facilities. Jas Athwal, Redbridge’s leader, highlighted the significance of such investments in promoting public health and well-being, even amid financial constraints.

The initiative aims to demonstrate the council’s dedication to enhancing residents’ quality of life and maintaining the appeal of Valentine’s Park as a top-rated park in the capital. More information about the project is available on the council’s website.

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