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Swimming Pools

One could be forgiven for expecting that this season's crop of swimming pool deaths may have stayed the hand of those who consider the imposition of the swimming pool regulations a gross infringement of personal rights - principally swimming pool owners of course. 

Regardless of how each of us feels personally about these regulations, they are the law, passed by a majority in Parliament, and councils are obliged to implement them. In fact, councils, including our own are required to produce regular statistics indicating progress with implementation. Sanctions are available to the Department of Internal Affairs to ensure compliance. End of story, unless of course you reject the rule of law.

It appears that some of our Councilors are that way inclined, and disposed to instruct our staff to let up on implementation of the regulations. One Councillor has characterised the regulations as "Gestapo" like, and stated that we are not, and should not be responsible if a couple of kids die in pools.

If you are inclined towards this kind of anarchic view, then you won't have much sympathy with this post.

I for one state categorically that any councillor who expresses this point of view has no right to sit on our Council. Such is the way in which progress towards full compliance is stopped in its tracks, and staff who have been specifically recruited to oversee implementation move on, discouraged and demoralised.

I trust that the majority of Councillors will ensure that this act of defiance, responding to the views of a few disgruntled pool owners who are admittedly facing substantial bills to bring their pools up to standard, is rejected, and that progress towards overall compliance can continue without further hindrance.

Unfortuanately, the view was apparently expressed within the Judicial Committee that has overall responsibility for regulations and their implementation. A shame, and a disgrace.




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Reader Comments (2)

Firstly keep up the good work. as far as I can tell you are the only watch dog council has such is the apathetic reporting if any that the media puts forward
Regarding this article you should name and shame any idiotic councillor making such statements, Moronic statements such as this need to be placed before the community along with those that make them so that come election time they can be held to account.
I have noticed a previous tendency of yours not to name individual councillors for other stupid comments. Dont pull back because while there are a few that are doing all right on council there are three or four that need to be honed in on and weeded out for their lack of performance and ability.
Go get em Bill and keep up the good work

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Thank you - you are correct, and sometimes it is a close call, but I have to have confirmation before naming names, and I did not have it on this occasion. If you look at the membership of the Committee (it is on the TCDC Website, the offender will probably stand out. Also, I wish to avoid being accused of persecuting particular Councilors, and on this occasion I had only just finished naming this guy in respect of the Boat Ramp Fee debacle.

February 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

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