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Reading's King's Meadow Baths £3m spa plans approved

King's Meadow Baths, Reading Image copyright English Heritage
Image caption Built in 1902, the lido was first opened to the public in 1903 as a ladies swimming bath

Plans to restore a derelict Edwardian lido in Reading, which has been closed for 40 years, have been approved by councillors.

Thames Lido Ltd is behind the £3m plans to restore and extend the open air King's Meadow Baths to include a spa and restaurant.

Reading Borough Council members voted to approve the plans on Wednesday.

There has been a campaign to restore the pool since it was given Grade II listed status in 2004.

Thames Lido Ltd was granted a 250-year lease by the council in July.

The company re-opened Lido Bristol, formerly the derelict Clifton Lido, in 2008.

In 2009, the council gave community group King's Meadow Campaign two years to raise the funds needed to renovate the pool.

It struggled to raise the £1.5m needed and only managed £10,000 in two years.

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