Posted on Mar 2nd in Uncategorized
This isn’t right. In a lovely and neglected corner of Bath languishes the country’s earliest lido, the Georgian Cleveland Pools. There’s a long back story here (which seems to include seeing this beautiful historic site used as a trout farm).
I took a stroll there yesterday. It was closed, but local sentiment (based on sample of two cheery punters sitting on their front patio having a fag) seemed in favour of restoration and reopening. It’s already open once a fortnight (every other Monday) to teams of volunteers. The local paper now says the local council B&NES has set aside £200,000 to add to any successful Heritage lottery fund bid.
The local community saved The Bell. Now it must surely be able to salvage this quirky spot. And – sure enough – there’s a well shaped campaign and a Cleveland Pools Trust working to guide this through. They’re talking of eco-heating, river access (the location is a parking no-no) and sensitive restoration. I don’t see how they can do that in time for the 20oth anniversary next year, but I bet it won’t take much longer than that.