'Unique Swimming Facility' in Bath

ITV News reports: Work has begun on the restoration of the UK's oldest lido - Cleveland Pools in Bath.

The site has not been used since the 1980s but over the next year, as part of an £8million project, it will be restored back into a fully functional swimming complex.

Chairman of the board of trustees Paul Simons said: "The pools are a unique piece of Bath's heritage and nationally significant as well.

The pool was built by the Georgians in response to a ban on nude bathing in the nearby River Avon, with parts of the site dating back to 1815.

"Today it's of real relevance because as well as being a heritage project that absolutely has to be saved, it's also going to be a unique swimming facility for families, young people and all the population and community of Bath."

Users will have access to a 25m pool following the outline of the original crescent, as well as a warmer children's splash pool.

The emphasis will be on attracting local people, rather than tourists and managers hope it will be the start of new era for the pool.

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