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Derelict Saltdean Lido receives £4.7m from lottery

Saltdean Lido in Sussex has seen better days - and could see them again after £4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £4.7m to the project to restore the derelict 1930s Saltdean Lido in Sussex.

The money, alongside other grants and donations from other groups and individuals, will be used to help restore and reopen the lido. The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company said it still has to raise another two million pounds to fund the project.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area. However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use.”

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company


Video surfaces of two Sussex brothers fighting in Syria

Abdullah Deghayes,18, died while fighting in Syria earlier this year

Dramatic video has surfaced of two brothers from Sussex fighting in Syria. Their younger brother, eighteen-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, was shot dead six weeks ago in a street battle. It is believed he was fighting alongside a group linked to al-Qaeda.

The men's father says they went to Syria to fight a "dictator" and describes his youngest son as a "martyr". He is pleading with his surviving sons to come home. But if they do, they face the possibility of being arrested.

Saltdean Lido to open its doors for the first time in years

Saltdean Lido will be opening its doors this weekend for the first time in years Credit: ITV Meridian

Saltdean Lido in Brighton is opening its doors for the very first time in years this weekend.

People will get the chance to view the only Grade 2 listed lido in the country before it is closed for a £5 million refurbishment.

The refurbishment will see the lido closed fully for 12-18 months while work takes place.

The site will re-open in 2016 and is hoped to be restored back to its former glory with heated water for the pool, new meeting room space, an all year round cafe and bar as well as a new gym and outdoor recreation area, including beach volleyball.


Saltdean lido is saved

Residents who fought for two years to stop a businessman building homes on the site of the Saltdean Lido in Brighton are now beginning their campaign to raise three million pounds to take on the building themselves.

The lease for the 1930s Lido was handed back to Brighton and Hove City Council yesterday by former leaseholder Dennis Audley. Campaigners are overjoyed.