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The lido hours shows up the inequalities, the poor and the young are missing out

14 August, 2020

Parliament Hill Lido

• FROM the beginning, it struck me that the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic was one spread by the internationally, mobile and wealthy.

Governments have sought to protect the mature population. Inequitably, the consequences, have been suffered by the land-bound poor and the young.

I am astounded at the lack of protest. There is still time, yet.

As a more trivial example of this social and intergenerational inequity, in one of the hottest summers to date, and during the school holidays, the Corporation of London has restricted use of the Parliament Hill Lido, in a way that disproportionately discriminates against the young and poor.

Children under the age of 16 can only use the lido for a pathetic two hours a day.

Heads of families, whose lives are stable enough to be organised a whole week ahead of time, with access to the internet and to credit facilities, are able to snaffle the few tickets available for two hours each day, online.

Were one to survey the families attending the scant sessions, one would probably find them unrepresentative of the low-income households, stretching southwards from the very doorstep of the lido.

Outside the meagre two hours allocated to children, it seems, from anecdotal observation, the usership is entirely mature, mono-racial, monied, and of the professional class.

Now I may be totally wrong on this but you would think a publicly-funded body, before introducing restrictive access to its facilities, would have carried out an impact assessment.

To me, it feels the Corporation of London, has neither done this nor has Camden Council advocated for one. We have a few weeks more left of summer. It is not too late for Camden to do its bit to get this situation changed.

KEITH SEDGWICK
Fortune Green Road, NW6

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