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All change at Chipping Norton Lido

Important renovation work to update and improve swimming pool changing rooms at Chipping Norton can now go-ahead, following a grant of £11,250 from West Oxfordshire District Council.

The grant is the final piece in the funding jigsaw for a scheme set to cost £45,000, the remainder of the funding coming from Chipping Norton Town Council (£2,000), Kelloggs Swim Active (£18,046) and Lido savings (£13,705).

Renovations to the 40-year old changing rooms will improve the environment for all users with new cubicles, benches, lockers and non-slip flooring. However, more importantly the work will improve access for older and disabled swimmers, as well as families with babies and young children. Currently there are no specialist changing facilities.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for leisure said, “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Chipping Norton Lido volunteers, modernised changing room facilities will make it much more appealing for swimmers to use. I am pleased we are able to support the Lido once again and congratulate them on their successful fundraising efforts.”

Clare Jarvis, Trustee at Chipping Norton Lido Ltd said, “We’re delighted that we can now proceed with our project and expect to unveil our new changing rooms at the start of the season in April. WODC’s support has ensured that we can take advantage of other conditional funding and is all the more valuable for this reason.”

Chipping Norton Lido attracts around 15,000 users each summer season. It is expected that the improvements will attract new users who are currently put off by the condition of the existing changing facilities and the associated lack of privacy whilst changing.

The grant decision was made by the Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 11 January and is subject to the usual call in period.

Posted : 13/01/2012 11:32:12

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