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Council pledges to build connections with Hilsea Lido

left to right) Sabrina Richards with Helen Downing-Emms of The Hilsea Lido Pool for The People Trust 



Picture: Malcolm Wells (132779-4716) ENGPPP00320130710224726

left to right) Sabrina Richards with Helen Downing-Emms of The Hilsea Lido Pool for The People Trust Picture: Malcolm Wells (132779-4716) ENGPPP00320130710224726

A PUSH is on to provide support for Hilsea Lido.

The city council wants to produce an annual report on the work that’s being carried out there and the benefit it is having on the community.

The authority is also seeking to include the lido in more of its activities as it looks to improve partnerships with attractions.

The move comes as the lido’s owners, Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust, look to reopen it this summer, after a six-year absence, and offer public swimming sessions.

Cllr Lee Hunt, Lib Dem cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, approved the plans at a public meeting.

He said: ‘We will see what we can do to make sure that the trust is involved in everything the council does.

‘We are in partnership with social enterprises, volunteers and businesses across the city and we all need to travel in the same direction.

‘We want to work with the trust and we hope it will want to work with us.

‘We will lend officers’ support in exactly the same way as we do with other trusts.’

The trust took over the lido from the council in 2010, and has spent the years since trying to get it back up to scratch.

It manages the splash pool in Hilsea on the local authority’s behalf.

As reported in The News, the trust was given a boost this year when Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt took part in ITV diving programme Splash! and gave it her £10,000 appearance fee.

In a letter to David Williams, the council’s chief executive, Ms Mordaunt said she was pleased with the council’s desire to write update reports.

‘I think this is a great device in ensuring that we create the maximum benefit from the local resources and would strongly suggest that, rather than it just be council officers producing the report, you get input from external experts and high calibre people from the voluntary sector,’ she said.

Helen Downing-Emms, the trust’s vice-chairwoman, said she hadn’t heard anything from the council since the meeting, but welcomed help being given.

‘It’s important for the council to provide support for us, because we are a community organisation which has taken on a liability which it left behind.’

 

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