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Inaction on pool complex ‘a thoughtless disservice’

Opinion Piece

“The proposed Olympic Pool Complex redevelopment is unlikely to get under way unless and until its projected cost is reduced.” (January 7 editorial.)

Year after year the council has escalated the cost by delaying until inflation has had its way. Money is spent on new project after new project, while the community facility with the highest attendance crumbles. This has been a thoughtless disservice to the community.

Every week during school terms, busloads of children arrive to learn to swim and enjoy water activities.

Swimming and aqua-aerobics are good exercise for seniors with breathing problems.

Gisborne has the highest child asthma rate in New Zealand. People with asthma are advised to avoid chlorine.

The least the council could do is fund replacement of the antiquated toxic disinfection system with a non-toxic one now.

Sarah Dixon

  1. Mary-Ann de Kort says:

    I agree Sarah. I think the price tag is scaring the council and potential funders away from any action on the pool complex, and to be honest the price tag is too high. There is nothing which says that small steps cant be taken to modernise the health and safety aspects of the pool and the changing facilities.