A GROUP hoping to re-open Otley Lido has been given a year to put a multi-million pound plan together.

The Friends of Otley Lido announced the 12 month exclusivity deal with Leeds City Council, which owns the Wharfemeadows Park site, last Saturday.

Opened in the 1920s, the lido enjoyed decades of popularity before its decline, finally closing in 1993.

Since then the site has deteriorated and been regarded by many in recent years as an eyesore.

Friends of Otley Lido Chairman Leonie Sharp said the deal with Leeds was a great chance to bring the attraction back to the town.

She said: "We can manage this but only if we have the support of our community - not just in Otley but in Leeds and wider afield.

"We are asking people to join us as individuals and for the business community to back us as well."

She added that about £5 million would probably be needed for the scheme to proceed, with the aim being for the new pool to be heated - ideally by using locally generated hydro-electric power.

The announcement has been welcomed by ward Councillors Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay (all Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon).

The Friends group is asking supporters to join them - membership costs £10, with all proceeds going towards establishing a lido.

For more details visit www.otleylido.worpress.com, see the campaign's Facebook page, or send an e-mail to Friendsofotleylido@gmail.com .