Back in this dark age the actual lido, swimming pool, wosisname had failed to attract enough people to swim in in it to make it viable to operate. On the one hand I think there were fewer visitors because of the foreign holidays, there were now heated swimming pools and perhaps people were less inclined to endure paying to swim in cold water. On the other hand, the days of paying the staff to run this sort of attraction less money than they could reasonably afford to live on combined with laying them all off for the winter, well they were pretty much over.
I think also all the various levels of government failed to understand that a town like Margate runs on its leisure facilities and somehow they have to be supported because when they fail the rest of the town's economy which is reliant on them fails.
I think most of these sites were council owned and rented out to various operators, a bit like the issue with high street shops now, the turnover decreases in a situation where previously it has always increased. Obviously the expenses, rent, rates, wages and so on have to decrease.
Much of Margate's economy hangs on Turner Contemporary at the moment, considering making the gallery run at a profit takes you a long way to understanding the problem.
The history here relates to Clifton Baths
If you really want to properly understand this I would recommend a good old browse in the the bookshop here in Ramsgate, concentrating on the old tourist guides.
On my bookbuying mission today I became inconvenient in Tankerton, the sign post outside the loos there
Still with the bookshop here is the link to the books that went out yesterday
More occult books and other unusual stuff
Another eclectic batch from an album here, some with the writing on the back, from back then, for those addicted to this type of thing.