Friends of Ruislip Lido Newsletter

Lido staff:
We hope that you have seen and spoken to Andre and Anna, the two Portugese Ecology graduates, who have been working with Andy, the Lido manager, during the summer months keeping the Lido looking so good throughout the summer and carrying out much of the ongoing maintenance. This is the first year that funds have been made available to provide extra support to Andy throughout the Lido’s busiest time and we hope that this will be repeated in future years.

Litter picking:
The Council re-let the contract for litter picking in April this year and Chris and his team have provided a quality seven day service to keep the Lido litter free to a very high standard which we should all appreciate, whilst encouraging all our visitors to use the collection facilities provided.

The Boathouse:
The Council have recently submitted plans to replace on the same footprint the existing boathouse with a timber clad structure to provide two meeting rooms and associated facilities available for use by both the Green Spaces personnel and the wider community. Comments were required by the end of August and a decision should be made before the end of the year on whether it can go ahead.

External fencing:
The external metal panel fencing has now been completed from Woody Bay round to Willow Lawn and serves to protect the Lido Railway from external intrusion. Unfortunately, there have been a few instances where muntjac deer have died after being trapped between the upright bars. Whilst the Council have stated that this has not been a problem with this type of fencing previously, they are in discussions with the fencing contractors as to how this can be addressed particularly on the north eastern side of the Lido, facing Ruislip Woods.

External road access and Parking:
The provision of insufficient car parking at busy times and the resultant problems caused to the local residents, the buses and emergency services, by illegal and inconsiderate parking in Reservoir Road and surrounding roads have been addressed by the Council by the provision of a new carpark opened within the Lido last year. Unfortunately, these problems have not been resolved, due in part to the increased popularity of the Lido arising from the improvements and additional facilities provided at the Lido in the last two years. In addition, it has made worse the issues arising at the road entrances from the interplay of turning buses, cars entering and leaving the two separate entrances to the two car parks and pedestrians attempting to cross these accesses to reach the car park without any priority.

This is a significant safety hazard and the Council’s Highway engineers are looking to sort out these interfaces before there is a serious accident. However, this resolution is dependent on coming to an agreement with the bus company, which is taking longer than hoped.

Currently, the beach at Woody Bay displays two red flags, which denote that the water in the Lido does not meet the standards required under EU legislation for Bathing Water. Whilst some people have chosen to ignore the warning flags, the Council has continued to test the water to determine if it can meet the requirements. The Watersplash has also been provided for use by children and has been operational for most of the summer.

The Woodlands Centre and Cafe:
The Cafe has become an integral part of the Lido since the early days of Mino and Eli sitting in an Ice Cream van in the depths of winter providing refreshments to the Lido users before the Woodlands Centre was finished. Whilst it is very busy in the summer, we would like to support it in the less popular months when Mino and Eli continue to serve a full range of refreshments and meals to all who call.

The Centre provides a display of past history and current wildlife to be found at the Lido, together with facilities for school and other parties during daylight hours.