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Stroud considers future of Stratford Park Lido

Published: Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Residents in Stroud responded overwhelmingly to a request to give their views on Stratford Park Lido, according to the numbers who took part in a recent survey.

Almost 2,000 people took part in the survey which asked how the lido, Stroud’s only outdoor public swimming pool, could be improved. This included consultation on the name of the pool, with the majority of respondents preferring ‘Stratford Park Lido’.

The survey was the first part of a feasibility study to gauge public interest in the lido, and help shape future applications for investment to update the pool and its facilities.

A group of local volunteers were awarded a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Stroud Town Council which was used to engage Tricolor, a heritage planning consultancy which  specialises in historic properties and working with HLF supported projects, to undertake a feasibility study for the Stratford Park Lido on their behalf.

"The response to the survey was amazing," said Jess McQuail, volunteer manager of the project. "It just goes to show how much the people of Stroud value Stratford Park Lido."

The results of the survey and subsequent recommendations for the future of the lido will now be made available at a public drop-in session at Stratford Park Leisure Centre on Saturday, 30 September from 1pm-4pm. All are welcome.

Attendees will get the chance to find out more about the feasibility study and its results, and give their views on which future option they prefer, before further planning and a bid for funds to carry out the improvements is made.

"We’d like people to let us know which option they prefer,” said Jess. “Even if you didn’t take part in the initial survey, you can still get involved and help improve the pool for future generations."

Stratford Park Lido opened in 1937 and the spring water that feeds the pool was originally heated, however the boiler was dismantled and the metal used as part of Stroud’s war effort.

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