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Thorndon to fight for shallow pool plan

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

THORNDON residents are worried spending on a new shallow area for their summer pool is being sidelined because of big plans for the Kilbirnie pool.

Thorndon will now not be getting a retractable roof but locals’ are more concerned that plans for a shallow water area will also be shelved.

Spending on both was initially proposed in the Wellington City Council’s long term planning proccess this year.

Trevor Glogau, a member of Thorndon Residents Association, says the retractable roof is not viable, but having a shallow water area is more important, and will benefit the community.

“Realistically, it’s not a big budget item, and it would be more versatile,” says Mr Glogau, whose portfolio covers community facilities, traffic and parking.

The roofing project was estimated to cost between $2.2m and $3.5m and another $600,000 would be needed to build the shallow water pool.

Julian Todd, recreation manager at the Council, says a concept design and the suitability of ground conditions were likely to push estimated costs even higher.

However, Mr Glogau says Thorndon residents believe spending on the local pool is being held up because of the focus on planning for a new $20 million redevelopment at Wellington Regional Aquatic centre in Kilbirnie.

In June the council approved $150,000 to be spent on looking into the Kilbirnie options.

Thorndon Primary School Principal Bill Sutton supports a learner pool.

The school has a swimming programme in terms one and four, but junior pupils have to go all the way to Kilbirnie Pool.

“It has impact on time, as the children have to bus over there,” says Mr Sutton .

Thorndon Pool is opposite the school and Mr Sutton says having a shallow water area would allow students to have easy access to the pool

Councilor Andy Foster says the roof decision came down to cost.

“We had a look at covering the pool with a retractable roof to extend the season to about 10 months but that’s proved too pricey.”

Councillor Iona Pannett says there will be a council long-term planning workshop meeting around November which a whole range of issues regarding the Thorndon district will be discussed.

“The debate will be based on the lower cost option, which will facilitate all the community as a whole,” says Ms Pannett.

Mr Todd says the council’s first opportunity to decide these proposals formally will be in the 2012/2013 planning process next year.

Thorndon Pool reopens on Saturday, October 22.

 

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