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Plans to restore historic lido

Lidos used to be a popular way to enjoy the sun across Wales Photo: ITV News Wales

Pontypridd's lido could soon, once again, become a popular spot for people to go and enjoy the Welsh sunshine.

The grade II listed site closed in 1991 and since that time the town has been without an outdoor public swimming pool, but things are set to change.

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is hoping to resurrect Summer fun at the lido in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park by renovating and restoring it to its former glory.

Plans include:

  • Three pools including a heated 25m one
  • Canopy-covered shower and changing facilities
  • A new dry-play children's area
Artists impression of the proposed lido at Pontypridd Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Open in 1927, the council says the lido is "one of the earliest and best preserved lidos in the UK."

Restoration of the Lido will increase the quality, attractiveness and desirability of the park for a wider audience and in turn will help to boost visitor numbers and the viability of the wider town.

– Councillor Paul Cannon, Economic Development and Safer Communities member at RCT
Swansea's Blackpill Lido pulls in the crowds in 2005 Credit: ITV News Wales

Funding towards stage one of the multi-million pound project has already been agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund but the council say its now working to secure funding for stage two.

Locals are said to be divided on the new project with some people arguing that an outdoor, heated pool is not the most cost-effective idea and there shouldn't be an entry fee for the site. Many also claim there's been a lack of public consultation on the plans.