End of an era for historic town Lido

The Lido
The Lido

DECADES of aquatic history came crashing down in Matlock when demolition workers finally tore down The Lido.

The old swimming pool on Imperial Road was open for more than 73 years, and closed its doors last August following the opening of The Arc.

The Lido has stood empty since and a question mark hung over the future of the site.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has been granted planning permission to turn it into a car park in the short-term, but rumours over its long-term future continue to mount.

Some people have called for a new supermarket, others have asked for more independent shops and even a cinema.

A spokesman for the council said: “It’s important to stress that the long-term vision for the site is redevelopment to enhance the town centre.

“The Lido site forms part of the district council’s Bakewell Road redevelopment plan, and I understand we have around five expressions of interest in the site from companies.”

He added: “Following demolition, we’ll be appointing a contractor to construct the car park and that should be up and running in around a month.”

The Lido opened in 1938 as an open air swimming pool.