Lidos continue re-gaining their popularity: Rhondda Cynon Taf council are positive that a £4m scheme to reopen the inter-war lido in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, part of the ongoing regeneration of the town, will boost visitor numbers. Built in 1927, this featured a swimming pool, semi-circular diving area, bath gallery and changing rooms. In its heyday it accommodated up to 1,000 people, but fell into decline in the 1980s and eventually closed in 1991. The council drew up initial restoration plans four years ago and secured £75,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2010 to further develop the project.
Listed at Grade II, the case can be clearly linked to that of (also Grade II-listed) Broomhill Pool in Ipswich, Suffolk, as Broomhill Pool Trust have already acutely noted. We hope to have similar news to report from Ipswich any time soon!