Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Private firm to run Lymington seawater lido

Lymington lido
Image caption The council said the pool, which had 12,000 visitors last year, made a £49,000 loss

A seawater lido in the New Forest is to be handed over to a private firm to run.

Councillors approved a deal which will see a local businessman take over the running of the open-air pool in Lymington, at a meeting on Wednesday.

The council said the 180-year-old lido which made a loss of £49,000 last year had become too expensive to maintain.

It will be taken over by Hugo Ambrose on 1 July.

Some residents raised concerns over the amount of swimming space following the revamp.

New plans for the 120m x 50m pool include zorbing, kayaking and an inflatable obstacle course.

Mr Ambrose said: "We've allocated a third of the pool to swimming if there's demand.

"We would love there to be more swimmers."

Councillor John Olliffe-Cooper said the pool, which had 12,000 visitors a year, made a "thumping" loss in 2012.

He said: "The bottom line is that we will have a much better facility and will be dragging money into the town."

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