The future of a historically-important art deco lido looks to have been secured after Brighton and Hove City Council stepped in to protect it. The council has agreed to take back control of the grade-two-listed Saltdean Lido following a campaign to safeguard it.
The lido, which has been described as "glorious", has gained the backing of English Heritage and Sir Terence Conran. Sir Terence's architectural practice Conran and Partners, which specialises in art deco buildings, has drawn up restoration plans as an alternative to proposals to convert it into residential accommodation.
Paul Zara, who heads Conran's Brighton practice, said: "The art deco era is unique in British building history. Saltdean Lido is a beautiful iconic building which should be preserved.
"We are delighted the lido is back in council ownership and we look forward to having the opportunity to work further on the campaign's plans to successfully run the lido and to restore this fine building and facilities to their former glory. We would also like to pay tribute to the Saltdean Lido campaign which has been instrumental in making the decision a reality."
Under the new proposals, the council has agreed to buy the current leaseholder out of his contract and will begin working on allowing public access to the lido once again. Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, who is in charge of economic development and culture, said: "Local residents have demonstrated the depth of affection there is for this iconic 1930s building.
"Now that the building is about to be handed back to the council, we will be working with the community to find the best way to ensure that this beautiful seaside lido can be maintained and kept accessible for local people."
Rebecca Crook, of the Save Saltdean Lido Campaign, said: "We are delighted to see Saltdean Lido back in the ownership of the council after a two-year campaign. We now want to have the opportunity to progress our plans developed by Conran and Partners which will see the site updated and safeguarded to provide a sustainable future for the site."