Reading Lido opening: Thames Water denies 'delaying tactics'

Thames Lido
Image caption The new pool will include a spa and restaurant

Reading's revamped Edwardian Lido may miss its 2017 summer opening due to what have been described as Thames Water's "delaying tactics".

Arne Ringmer is overseeing the £3m refurbishment of Kings Meadow Grade II-listed lido, which has not been used for more than 40 years.

He says work is 85% complete, but he has been waiting 18 months for a sewage connection by Thames Water.

Thames Water says the work will be ready in "good time" for the opening.

'Nothing happens'

In a statement the company said: "The work we'll be doing on our sewer network will not impact the development of the lido as we'll be working a good distance away from it.

"The sewer system will be ready in good time for the planned opening but can be prepared at shorter notice with a temporary pump should the lido open earlier than planned, so there won't be any delays to the project due to the sewers."

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Mr Ringmer, of Thames Lido Ltd, said he had been receiving assurances for weeks that Thames Water would start work but "nothing happens".

"It's a few months' work they have to carry out, and when I tell them we're only months away from opening it's very, very frustrating."

Kings Meadow Lido in Reading - which was built in 1903 - will include a new pool, spa and restaurant when it opens.

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