I went to last night’s Greenwich Council meeting for greenwich.co.uk, and penned these words about Charlton Lido. I’ll include them here too as a follow-up to my post about Greenwich Council not being organised enough to open the lido for summer 2009, and the local Conservatives’ petition to get it open.
Conservative leader Spencer Drury criticised the council for not giving an update on works at Charlton Lido, which is being converted into a diving centre.
Earlier this year his party colleague, Kidbrooke with Hornfair councillor Graeme Coombes, presented a 222-strong petition demanding the reopening of the lido for the summer season.
It had been closed in anticipation of leasing the lido out to private firm Open Waters Investments, which is due to re-open the pool by summer 2012.
But the lease was not signed until 14 August, leaving the lido empty for the summer.
Responding to the petition, the council said it would have taken leisure operator GLL two weeks to mobilise its staff, and that opening hours at another centre would have to be cut to staff Charlton Lido.
Cllr Drury called the reply “disappointing”. “I hoped there would have been an update on whether work has started,” he told the meeting.
But Olympics and culture cabinet member John Fahy said he saw no reason to doubt that the revamped lido would open on time.
I’ve not seen any visible sign of work at the lido, but I don’t pass that area frequently. If you know better, I’d love to hear from you.