Wave goodbye to a dip in lido
HUGE seas swamped Tinside Lido just as the crisis-hit outdoor pool was about to make a late start to the season.
Tinside was forced to stay closed over the Jubilee weekend because of a toxic tide of algae in Plymouth Sound.
The city council announced on Thursday that it would be possible to open the pool yesterday – nearly a week late.
But storms that hit the city overnight made a mockery of the council's promise, overwhelming the lido's sea wall.
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A spokeswoman said yesterday: "Due to the high tide and stormy conditions, Tinside is unfortunately to remain shut today.
"The pool on the waterfront has been significantly flooded by seawater which breached the walls of the lido, into the pool itself.
"As a result the pool will have to be drained entirely, cleaned out and then refilled before the public will be able to use it."
The pool is managed for the council by Everyone Active."
She said it was impossible to say when work would start on cleaning out the pool.
Cllr Peter Smith, the Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: "The pictures speak for themselves – the pool was totally submerged in seawater.
"The pool has been known to flood in stormy weather in the winter, but it is quite unusual to have this happen in the summer."
Mount Wise pool, which was also shut because of the algal bloom, was not hit by the storms.