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Swimming Pool Dilemma

Having made their decision to provide Zoom Zone with the entire available contents of the TUGPRA A/c, our Community Board will be faced with a major dilemma concerning the current Pool when it meets tomorrow.

I have had reported to me a water 'gusher' at the Pool this morning resulting in a large crack in the concrete surround. There are indications of substantial remedial work being required following the break-up of large sections of concrete, together with indications of other major repairs that may necessitate the immediate closure of the Pool. 

Staff and elected members have been warned on many occasions of the limited engineering life of this Pool, and the need for replacement planning to commence without delay. 2020 was given in 2010 as the outside life of the pool after an extensive and professional review of the state of the sub, and superstructure. Staff chose to ignore this opinion in the face of the demands made by the Zoom Zone  people. 

Of course, with the advent of this Council, alternative engineering views were sought  that apparently extended the life of the Pool by several years. Such is the variation of engineering views when client preferences are taken into account. 

They will surely play for time tomorrow, and seek a further engineering review,  but I remain disgusted with the entirely self-serving decision made in regard to TUGPRA A/c - a reserve that was supposed to benefit the entire community - not just those who have a need for a dry court. Thames without a Pool will indeed be a poor place to live for many people, including the children, the elderly, and those with major health problems who have benefited from its excellent management.  

It will be interesting to observe the reaction tomorrow, assuming that a report even makes it to the meeting. Staff will likely 'down-play' the damage, but that will be difficult as even a cursory inspection will reveal.


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Reader Comments (3)

What a load of cods wallop Bill. If you want to be taken seriously as a journalist perhaps you should check your facts before pushing "post". The real story - a broken waterpipe under the pavement beside the pool. Repaired in one day and no pool closure required. Sensational work Bill!

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Totally accepted Greg - I was wrong. My two informants gave me a rather inflated d view of the situation. It does however reflect on the general state of the sub-structure, and the fact that further and more substantial work will be required as time goes on. This does not gainsay the fact that I should have either gone to check it out myself, or ring you before posting in this instance - my apologies!

PS As for the gratuitous comment Greg - no, I have no aspirations to be a journalist. I am simply a blogger who normally checks his facts, but not thoroughly enough on this occasion. We have a different role to that of a journalist, now widely recognized, and most of us are willing to make instant corrections of facts when brought to our attention. This is because the resources we have available to undertake normal checking are extremely limited. Where you see that I am reporting with the qualification "I have been informed ....." as I did on this occasion, you should read the story exactly on those terms - I make no pretense otherwise. As stated above, I apologize for not having checked with you on Monday - that was the least I should have done on this occasion.

August 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Oops -- Greg a little touchy one might say. That pool is on a very short lead indeed-- how much longer the local Iwi will allow it to stay there is anyones guess.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRed Alert

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