Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, will be announcing today (Monday, January 26) that the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC) is to receive £2.3 million in funding from the Government to restore the outside area and pools of Saltdean Lido.
THE SALTDEAN LIDO is the UK’s only Grade 2 listed lido. The funding will be used to help create a unique tourist and leisure destination and community hub, also creating 60 jobs.
The funding is coming from the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Coastal Communities Fund.
Mr Kirby has been actively championing the Lido since being elected to Parliament, repeatedly lobbying Ministers on behalf of the CIC and bringing Ministers to see the Lido for themselves.
Speaking ahead of today’s announcement, Simon said: “I have been working hard to secure this funding and I am delighted to be able to announce today that the Lido will benefit from an additional £2.3 million of funding which will make a huge difference. I would also like to again pay tribute to the work of the CIC and also to the many local residents who have supported this campaign.”
Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, added: “Today’s news is a massive boost for both the lido and our local economy. We will now be able to restore and refurbish the pools and outside area and provide local residents and visitors with a beautiful place to swim, relax and enjoy being outside.
I would like to thank the volunteer directors of our group, who continue to dedicate hours and hours to restoring this unique space, and also our local MP Simon Kirby, who has supported the project from the outset.”