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Thames ("Sub-Regional") Pool 

For those who have been awaiting with great anticipation any indication that matters were proceeding in regard to the proposed 'sub-regional' pool that it has been proposed to replace the rapidly deteriorating existing pool asset, will be interested in an entry in the Infrastructure Manager's Report to the Infrastructure Committ Meeting dated 9 August:

"Sub-Regional Pool - Feasibility Investigation

Works have progressed well on the feasibility work associated with this project. Due to the importance, the number of stakeholders and the potential expenditure, this project, and especially the early feasibility stage is crucial to make any project a success.

Once sufficiently progressed, an update report will be brought to the committee."

That is a relief, and indicates that the planning stage (it is a 4 - 10 year project!) has at least come on the radar. 

What is disturbing is that this project is identified in the WRC as a project involving TCDC< Hauraki DC and Matamata Piako DC in their Strategy & Policy Committee Agenda dated 8 August Item 7 "draft community facilities funding framework."

The problem is that this policy framework makes no mention of the proposed pool being situated in Thames. On the contrary, the inference is that it may be that there is a move to 'centrally locate' the fecility in Paeroa.

I don't believe that any of our people had that in mind when the replacement of our pool was proposed, and it could well be inimical to the needs of our entire District were such an outcome to occur.

It is vital that our representatives watch this development very closely and intervene before decisions are made that they may live to regret. Our pool needs replacing, urgently, and the logical place for its replacement is Thames. Any other solution should be opposed at all costs. 


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