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Residents given a chance to shape the future of Stroud's Stratford Park Lido

It may not be the weather to think about an outdoor swim but that hasn't stopped Stroud District Council asking residents about how the town's much-loved Lido can be improved.

Stratford Park's spring-fed open air pool is always when the mercury rises during the summer months, but the council want it to be used more and more.

So the council have asked heritage development company Tricolor to undertake a series of webinars, in partnership with Stroud Town Council and the Friends of Stratford Park Lido.

These are aimed at getting the views of local people and establishing what the residents of the Five Valleys want most from the attraction.

One option is to consider heating the pool, like many other open-air lidos around the country in order to prolong the period of use each year.

"The Lido is well-loved by generations of people across the district and we're working in partnership with volunteers to improve it," said Councillor Mattie Ross, chair of SDC's Community Services and Leisure Committee.

"If you use it a lot, if you visit rarely but want to more, or never use it but would like to, we want to hear from you."

Jess McQuail, Co-ordinator of the Friends of Stratford Park Lido group added: "We're really excited to be working with Tricolor, Stroud District Council and Stroud Town Council to move the development of the pool onto the next stage - I encourage everyone to get involved.

Two years ago, around 2,000 people took part in a survey which ask

ed how the lido could be improved.

The results formed the first part of a feasibility study to gauge public interest and help shape future applications for investment in order to update the pool and associated facilities.

The webinars will form the second part of the consultation process ahead of potential funding bids which will be used to finance the improvements.

Stroud Urban District Council commissioned the building of the Lido which was built in 1937 by the council's engineer and surveyor FS Cutler at a cost of around £20,000.

It is managed by SLM Leisure, along with Stratford Park Leisure Centre, and last year the diving board was Listed to protect it.

To take part in the consultation process email consultation@tricolorassociates.co.uk or visit tricolorassociates.co.uk/stratford-park-lido.

Phase two of the consultation period will close on October 30.

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