We spotlight our Neil Hilditch & Friends of Otley Lido CICDevon Jennings • 8th February
Today, in line with us showcasing our people every week, we shine the spotlight on Neil Hilditch for his work with restoring the 1924 Otley Lido. Neil has recently taken on the role of a director and Project Manager for a newly formed Community Interest Company with the mission to re-establish Otley Lido together with an associated leisure complex on the existing Brownfield site in Wharfemeadows Park, Otley.
The company name is: Friends of Otley Lido CIC.
Otley Lido was built in 1924 and operated until 1993 when Leeds City Council could not justify the cost of extensive refurbishment required to bring the facility in line with existing standards and regulations. The site is now derelict and an eyesore in an otherwise, local beauty spot.
What’s required & how can you help?
Friends of Lido Otley have yet to do formal costing, but are expecting the project to be in the region of 3.5 – 6 million pounds.
Their main challenges are that the site is a Zone 3b flood plain and they have little architectural or construction expertise within the existing team and have yet to secure any start-up or project funding.
They are in early talks with Fusion Lifestyle https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/ who are a charity specialising in community based wellbeing and leisure facilities – they have built some 90 odd UK based sites to date – but no decision on their ultimate involvement is expected before the end of Feb.
In addition, they have received many offers of practical and consultative support from businesses and individuals ranging from creative input (Zeppo Creative) to planning experts (Johnson Brooks)
To register your interest and help out with funding, head over to the site and let them know here:
or on Facebook, search: FriendsofOtleyLido
Awesome work so far, Neil!