A new lido could be coming to the London borough of Walthamstow Forest if the Labour party is elected in next week’s local elections, according to the Labour manifesto. The manifesto states that the lido would work to promote healthier lifestyles in the area and give residents more activities to take part in. Local elections across the country take place next Thursday (May 5).
A spokesperson for the Labour Group told MyLondon: “A lido would bring excellent health and wellbeing benefits for residents, and a priority of ours is to invest in the future of our community.” The exact location of the lido will be determined if the Labour party is elected is in the borough.
A lido is a public outdoor swimming pool, or part of a beach where people can sunbathe, swim, take part in water sports. Lidos were hugely popular in the UK during the 1930s when 169 were built by local councils. Other lidos in London include Brockwell lido in Herne Hill, Parliament Hill lido in Hampstead Heath, and Tooting Bec lido in South London.
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The manifesto also pledges to bring a new University campus to the area. It comes after plans were announced in September last year for a new University of Portsmouth campus in the borough. The manifesto states that this would bring high quality jobs and create more education opportunities for residents of the area.
Back in September, councillor Grace Williams, leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “It is a hugely exciting opportunity to be working with the University of Portsmouth to potentially open a campus in Waltham Forest. We have long said that a higher education provider in the borough is key to improving our young people’s employment and skills prospects.
“As we look to the future with renewed confidence, we want our young people to have more opportunities than we had so that they all reach their potentials. We are delighted to be working with the University of Portsmouth and will hope to bring detailed proposals forward soon.”