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Fears over future of Cheltenham's Sandford Park Lido to be addressed in meeting with council

A meeting that will help determine the future of Cheltenham's Sandford Park Lido is set to take place tomorrow.

Representatives of Cheltenham Borough Council will meet with trustees of the charity that runs the Lido in a bid to settle differences over a proposed long-term renewal to the lease of the site.

The Lido is run by a charitable trust who took over the site in 1996 and have invested considerably in order to keep the facility a popular attraction in the town.

They currently rent the site from the council on a lease that runs until 2021 and are in the process of agreeing a new 35-year lease.

However, last week the trust posted on their website that they had hit a stumbling block, saying that the council were "now expecting a substantial annual rent from the charity."

Since then there has been public concern over the announcement and it has led to the council and charitable trust issuing a statement to calm those nerves.

The statement said: ''Following public interest in discussions regarding the future lease, the council and the trustees of the Sandford Lido Trust confirm that we are meeting this Wednesday to continue our dialogue regarding the future arrangements for this highly valued local amenity.

"We fully understand and appreciate the public's interest in this.

"Both the trustees and the council want to ensure the financial sustainability and continued improvements long into the future through the new lease agreement."

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