£6.3m Lido A £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
If re-elected Labour will work to secure the necessary funding from HLF and WEFO to deliver a new Lido facility. If successful with securing funding we will ensure that the facility becomes a regional tourism attraction. We will also ensure that the existing paddling pool facility is protected.
Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, is on track to open to the public this summer.
The Council cannot wait to officially open its new state-of-the-art and multi-million-pound facility, which celebrates the proud past and looks to the future with great passion.
Throughout the winter months, contractors have been busy working on site at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, transforming the historic Lido into a breathtaking 21st Century facility for all the family.
The only one of its kind in South Wales, the new £6.3m Lido Ponty is set to attract visitors from all over the country when it officially opens its doors and allows the public through its original turnstiles in a few months time.
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport, said: “I never fail to be impressed by the scale and complexity of this historic scheme, whenever I visit the site.
“All the work is currently being carried out behind hoarding boards as it is still a construction site, but the public will, I am sure, be impressed when they see the finished product this summer.
“This is an exciting project and one that is eagerly-anticipated by both the public and all involved in the building of Lido Ponty following many years of planning.
“Lido Ponty is an ambitious and high-quality visitor attraction which I am sure will not only boost the economy of Pontypridd but will continue to raise the profile of a town and County Borough which is already steeped in history and heritage.”
Originally opened in 1927 and closed 80 years later, Lido Ponty has maintained its Mediterranean influence and, with its three swimming pools, changing rooms and sun terraces, it will welcome a new generation of visitors later this year.
The Council, working with its contractors Kier Construction, is responsible for the massive restoration work.
The new roof tiles at the Lido Ponty buildings have been supplied by the same French company that provided the original tiles some 90 years ago!
Original doors and windows have also been taken away and carefully refurbished to their former glory by Blackwood-based Taliesin Conservation and are being reinstalled into the original buildings.
The original Lido had just one large pool, but new features at Lido Ponty include not just one but three pool areas – the main pool, children’s activity pool and a splash area.
All pools will be heated, along with the indoor changing facilities, so visitors can have fun in the sun and also enjoy all of the facilities, whatever the weather!
The original timber cubicles are also being restored for visitors looking for that outdoor changing experience.
Lido Ponty boasts a vast sun terrace, Café, Viewing Gallery, exhibition area and also a first-floor function room with stunning views across Lido Ponty and the whole of Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
Lido Play, an exciting brand-new facility for younger visitors, will also provide all the fun needed for children of different ages and abilities to enjoy the new environment – from slides, tunnels, swings and climbing frames – all with a local theme.
The restoration of the Grade II-listed Lido Ponty is taking place thanks to £3million from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, £2.3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a £900,000 contribution from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, and a £100,000 contribution from Cadw.
Closed in 1991, Lido Ponty is set to open this Summer. For more information and all the latest exciting news visit www.lidoponty.co.uk