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By Arundel Lido (Arundel and Downland Community Leisure Trust)
We urgently need to provide safe, secure and accessible changing rooms to ensure the future of Arundel Lido. Our old changing huts are no longer fit for use, some have had to be dismantled as unsafe.
During the 2018 season, over 38,000 swimmers visited Arundel Lido. A whopping average of 300 visitors each day! Yet currently we only have 1 family changing room and 6 small wooden sheds which have been in place over 10 years. We work with several local schools, Adult day services, Special Education Schools, Parent & Toddler groups, Home Educated Children and Retired Adults who attend specific sessions out of public opening hours. They all attend the Lido not only for the pools but knowing that the site is safe and secure. With the excitement of Project LEAP looming (our new all-year-round facility including a Gym, Community Hall, Café, Internal Changing Facilities and Extended Swim Season) and changing hut planning permission approved, the specifically designed changing and storage huts will enhance the design of the new building, retain the views and provide, most importantly, accessible external changing facilities for the community.
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Why it's a great idea:
It is due to the amazing efforts of our community that Arundel Lido is still going. The site was saved by a group of locals in 2002. ‘Arundel and Downland Community Leisure Trust’ was registered as a charity and successfully run the Lido ever since. We now need more help from our community to secure the future of our site. After many repairs, the existing changing huts are now in urgent need of replacement! Some huts have already been dismantled to ensure the safety of the site and we urgently need our community to pull together to get the first stage of our renovations ready for the 2020 Summer Season. All planned site improvements will provide essential accessible facilities, especially for families and young people with additional needs, allowing the Trust to continue to provide a high-quality service to accommodate all our customers’ requirements. We want to retain the traditional feel of the Lido in the future, the huts will remain as permanent structure after Project LEAP.
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