New lease causes a splash at Cheltenham lido
By Rob Freeman | 30th March 2021
The future of Cheltenham's lido has been secured with a new 35-year lease - just two days before the existing deal was due to run out.
Sandford Parks Lido, which has been open since 1935, is owned by Cheltenham Borough Council but run by a charitable trust.
The agreement replaces the 25-year lease which expires on March 31 with the extra certainty opening the doors to new funding and ends fears about its future.
Chief executive Julie Sargent said: "We are delighted that Cheltenham Borough Council has provided us with a lease agreement which will help protect the lido and, most importantly, allow us to attract some much-needed funding so we can continue to improve the lido for our community and visitors to Gloucestershire.
"While we can't fully celebrate at the moment, it's important we share this amazing news with our community and thank everyone for their continued support as we know many of our customers have been extremely worried that their lido could be lost."
The lido is scheduled to reopen for the summer on May 1 if the roadmap for lifting coronavirus restrictions remains in place.
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