The Hilsea Lido Pool for the People Trust is staffed by individuals who are the epitome of community heroes.
Without their diligence, preparedness to take risks, hard work and energy, the Lido would be no more.
There is still much work to do to realise this much-valued community asset’s full potential.
However, it is a joy to see it being used by families in the hot weather.
The immense effort it has taken this band of wonderful volunteers cannot be underestimated.
Having reached the landmark re-opening it is now time for us all to take stock of their achievements and consider what should happen next.
The HLPPT has done all this with no public funding.
Usually, when a council hands over an asset to the community (which is normally a huge liability) some funding comes with it.
Such an arrangement is accepted as good practice, but in the Lido’s case that did not happen.
I think that needs to be rectified.
Portsmouth City Council should recognise the huge community value the Lido offers now and what it could be in the future.
It improves quality of life and health and wellbeing.
It will have a positive impact on anti-social behaviour, and make for a stronger more cohesive community as a hub for services and activities.
Consequently, it will save the taxpayer money.
A modest injection of public funds to progress a proven and much-loved project would be a good and popular investment.
Let us all now get behind HLPPT and its tremendous achievements.