London Mayor Sadiq Khan boosts funding for Peckham lido

News Desk (07 July, 2016) Culture

The £7,500 boost from the mayor has pushed them nearer the £64,797 total

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A crowdfunding project to get a new state-of-the-art lido has received an extra splash of funding from the mayor of London.

The £7,500 boost from the mayor, Sadiq Khan, has now put the lido campaign within a whisker of a two-thirds milestone before reaching its £64,797 total.

The bid to reopen the outdoor pool was launched in May, with the hope of reviving a lido that existed at the north-end of Peckam Rye Park between 1923 and 1987, before it was mounded over.

Chris Romer-Lee director of Studio Octopi, the company behind the lido project, said: “It’s going at a steady pace and we’re on course to do it.

“It looks like we’re also going to beat all the Spacehive crowdfunding records. We raised the most money in 48 hours.

“The amount of pledges we have had is now at 881m which is fast approaching the record held by the Peckham Coal Line project.”

The new designs from Studio Octopi are for the pool to be 180 foot long, with space for a café and community area. The pool would also be heated and chlorine free.

A ‘Splash Mob’ community picnic event will also be held at the proposed lido site on Sunday at 12pm, with around 100 expected to attend.“It’s a low key picnic which we hope will give us another little boost,” Chris said.

“People are invited to bring all sorts of swimming paraphernalia and we we’ll hopefully have a slip-and-slide and rounders. We will also have a massive group photo with everyone acting as though they are swimming, to show what it could all look like if we had the pool.”

Visit: www.spacehive.com/peckham-lido to make a donation.

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