Bath's 'flood-proof' lido remains closed after flood damage

The restored Cleveland Pools
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Summer may be on the way, but a popular lido in Bath will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Cleveland Pools, which was designed to be "completely flood-proof", flooded twice since the New Year and had to be closed.

This summer was set to be the first time in decades swimmers could bathe at Cleveland Pools in Bath. But the lido, which first opened 209 years ago, was damaged during the wettest February for the South of England since records began in 1836. Country-wide, England received 78% more rainfall than expected that month.

While it had been hoped the lido would be able to reopen for the spring season, no opening date is currently known. And the lido is set to stay closed until investigations establish who is "responsible and liable" after heavy rain damaged "vital equipment" in the plant room.

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Paul Simons - Chair of the Cleveland Pools Trust, said: "We'd love to give you a timeframe of when the gates may open again, but unfortunately we're unable to do that. Cleveland Pools Trust is faced with a complex situation following this winter’s floods at the Pools.

"Whilst designed to resist flood damage, water did penetrate the “water proof” plant room in January and vital equipment, including the electrical installations were damaged. As a result, Investigations are underway to establish responsibilities and liabilities. Until that process has been concluded, works to repair or replace the damaged equipment cannot proceed. The Trust will issue further statements when progress can be reported and continues to regret that the pools remain closed to the public until a satisfactory resolution has been found.”

"We have been genuinely touched by the extent of the support we've received, not just from our regular swimmers, but also from the wider community. Cleveland Pools Trust has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to bring the Pools back to life, and we've faced a fair few bumps on the road along that journey. This is one more hurdle and we are determined to see the Pools open again for our lovely community. Your support and understanding is helping to see us through. Thank you."