South London lido that’s been derelict for 34 years is massive step closer to being reopened

A beloved South London lido that turned derelict 34 years in the past may quickly reopen once more if Southwark Council approves it.

Peckham Lido is a community-run group campaigning for the reopening of Peckham Rye Lido, which closed in 1987.

The group have been actively campaigning since 2016 and have acquired assist from hundreds of people that need to see the lido open once more.

An spectacular £63,000 was raised in simply 68 days again in 2016, which broke the gang funder web site, Spacehive’s information for probably the most quantity raised in 48 hours and the variety of supporters behind the marketing campaign.

The crowd funder was organised by Studio Octopi, a bunch of panorama architects who labored on a feasibility research and marketing strategy to see if the location on Peckham Rye Common may host a lido once more.

The solely factor that continues to be is the blue fountain

The research, which was printed this week, concluded that the venture is possible.

A Peckham Lido campaigner instructed My London they’re awaiting a response from Southwark Council to affirm in the event that they assist the proposed web site.

They mentioned: “We’re determined to hear from the council on whether or not they assist us or not as a result of that can outline what the subsequent stage might be. The excellent news is that it is viable.

“It’s been a very long time since we’ve raised the funds which is why we had to publish the research with out figuring out if Southwark Council are absolutely in favour.”

Southwark Council contributed to the £63,000 with £10,000 price of funds, whereas the Mayor of London additionally pledged £7,500.

Peckham Rye Lido first opened its doorways to the general public in 1923 and was effectively beloved by all, from younger households to the retired.

After its closure in 1987, the location failed to be a focus for a possible purchaser and sadly turned derelict.

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According to an on-line petition, the unique pool was by no means demolished and stays beneath Peckham Rye Common immediately.

All that continues to be is a big blue fountain that when stood on the northern fringe of the pool.

South London locals have welcomed the thought of a lido once more and have shared their pleased recollections on social media.

The original lido is buried underground Peckham Rye Common

The authentic lido is buried underground Peckham Rye Common

One particular person wrote: “Our household loved Peckham Lido again within the 50’s when us children would go early to assist clear the leaves away and get an extended swim time.”

Another mentioned: “This can be so superb for the encompassing neighborhood. Fingers crossed progress retains being made.”

London Fields Lido in Hackney and Charlton Lido in Woolwich beforehand reopened due to neighborhood campaigns and public stress.

For now, Peckham Rye Lido’s destiny lies within the arms of Southwark Council.

Southwark Council have been contacted for remark.

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