1. to do everything we can to hasten the departure of the current leaseholder of the lido site, a property speculator who lives hundreds of miles away.
This includes constant lobbying of Brighton and Hove Council, the freeholder, in a number of areas:
- to ensure that the leaseholder abides by the terms of his lease (which he is not), and complies with legally binding planning laws, health and safety requirements and fire regulations.
- to make a decision on the site’s future: In essence we want the Council to start legal proceedings that will result in a surrender of the lease.
2. to develop a business plan for how the entire site could be run by a Community Interest Company - for the community and by the community.
This plan - which has been described as ‘robust’ by an independent consultant - lays out how the site could be financially self-sufficient if operation by a Community Interest Group (not-for-profit organization) which means that all the profits would go back into the building.
More than 2000 people have contributed their ideas which include heating the pool and putting an ice rink over it during winter; opening a restaurant in the rotunda part of the building which is current closed and derelict; increasing the amount of space available for community use, weddings and functions; landscaping and modernising the entire site.
The campaign has already met with various funding bodies who are very interested in getting involved with such a high-profile building.