Pool advocates hail temporary repair idea

Posted 22 Jun 2012 by MediaStuff
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Centennial Pool advocates have hailed plans for the council to consider temporarily repairing the facility.

The council's draft annual plan, amended after public submissions, hearings and recommendations from Mayor Bob Parker, will go before councillors next week for debate and approval.

An addition is a recommendation that the council look at the feasibility of funding a temporary repair to the Centennial Pool to provide interim swimming facilities while a new central-city multi-sport facility is built.

The pool would be demolished once stage one of the new facility opened.

Save Centennial spokeswoman Simone Pearson was ''delighted'' the group's calls for the pool repair to be put on the agenda had been heard.

''This is what we've been asking for,'' she said.

''The school my two children go to, which is Christchurch East, haven't been swimming for a year and a half.''

A council-commissioned cost-estimate report by engineering consultants Beca found repairing the pool would cost up to $2.3 million once insurance money was factored in.

Pearson hoped city councillors would approve the ''cost-effective'' recommendation.

''We hope our elected representatives will heed what the community has been asking for and repair Centennial Pool as soon as practical to address the urgent community need,'' she said.

Stage one of the multi-sport facilty would involve buying land for the develpment and constructing a new aquatic centre.

It would include 50 and 35-metre water-sport and competition pools, leisure pools and a swimming education pool.

Once the 2012-13 plan is approved by councillors, the central-city projects may have to be adapted to fit with the Central City Development Unit's blueprint, due to be released on July 27.

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