June 19th 2020
Transfer of Management for Leisure, Arts and Heritage Services
Readers of the Local News may have seen the recent announcement from Vivacity stating that, due to the financial implications of the coronavirus and lockdown, they are handing back the contract for the delivery of leisure, arts and heritage services to Peterborough City Council.
Obviously, we are all worried about the implications of this change for our beloved lido, and we therefore want to provide as much of an update as I can at this time.
The Peterborough Telegraph has featured announcement from both Vivacity and the City Council which can be accessed via the following links
We remain Optimistic – Despite the uncertainty, the statement by the Leader of the Council that he “is committed to continuing and even building upon the excellent services” provided by Vivacity gives us cause for optimism. We are also hopeful that the increased attendances at our lido during the last two years, together with the strength of backing demonstrated by membership and activity by the Friends of the Lido, will lend further support to the argument for the continued operation of, and investment in, our Lido. Vivacity have invested heavily in the development of the lido’s facilities during the past few years, and it would be counter-productive not to continue this – particularly in view of the implications for public health during and following the coronavirus lockdown.
Next Steps -Vivacity’s Management Team will now enter into a 90-day consultation period with the City Council on the future of Vivacity’s portfolio – which, in addition to gyms and swimming pools, includes the City’s libraries, museum and art gallery, theatres and heritage sites. Alongside the operational issues, there are clearly people’s personal and professional futures at stake, and we send all at Vivacity – particularly those responsible for the running of our lido – our very best hopes and wishes.
Our Chair has today received a telephone call from Steven Luker, General Manager of the Lido, which should reassure all that the Friends will be kept informed, as far as possible, of progress.
Keep safe and sane,
Chair – Friends of Peterborough Lido