A £460,000 investment in Ilkley Lido has been welcomed, but Bradford Council has been urged to help boost neighbouring facilities.

The authority recently announced funding to replace the pool tank at the Lido – which has not been replaced since its opening in 1935.

At a meeting of the Council’s Executive on Tuesday a local councillor supported the investment, but said more could be done to regenerate the popular attraction.

Councillor Kyle Green (Con, Ilkley) said: “This investment is very welcome. However I’d like to see a more joined up approach. Can we look at bringing the pavilion back to use? At the moment it is at risk due to flooding, and it hasn’t been used for some time. There are groups that are interested in using the building.”

The pavilion building has been empty for a number of years after a plan to refurbish the listed building stalled. And concerns over flooding have halted any other recent investment by the Council in the site.

Cllr Green said that with some investment the pavilion could be used by groups including those that were left homeless after a fire destroyed Olicana Cricket Club.

Cllr Green was also keen to stress an action plan must be developed to help safely manage the number of visitors to the Lido and River Wharfe at peak times, such as bank holidays. “This means that a joined up approach must also look at finding safe, additional capacity for car parking during these times to avoid the issues that occurred on Denton Road last summer,” he said.

Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said the Lido was a “great attraction for people of the district” and that Council bosses wold speak to Ilkley councillors about possible future investments.

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) added: “This replacement is long overdue and will hopefully eliminate the ongoing closures for grudging maintenance.

“The Outdoor Pool is after all an iconic feature of Ilkley and Yorkshire (almost an endangered species from rarity value).”