Trust offers help in pool planning

A trust previously involved in large community projects in Mosgiel has been offered as a vehicle to advance investigations into a new pool there.

The Taieri Community Facilities Trust has approached the Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board with an offer to be the umbrella body to advance a Dunedin City Council proposal to provide $30,000 to a community-owned trust to investigate conceptual details of the project.

A report from chairman Bill Feather said the board was to consider the offer, and the council's proposal, at its meeting this week. .

The trust, formerly the Mosgiel Playgrounds Trust, which successfully worked on improving the Memorial Park Playground, was established in 2006.

It changed its deed in 2008 to cater for broader initiatives.

Trustee Geoff Woodcock said a new set of trustees could oversee and support a sub-committee structure to carry out the investigations with the council.

Mr Feather said substantial work, including community consultation on sites, design, funding and operation and ownership models, was necessary to progress the concept so it could be included in the council's long-term budgets.

If the board agreed, confidential offers for support, either as trustees and/or helpers, would soon be sought.

An informal poll in Mosgiel conducted by the Taieri Times last week found respondents overwhelmingly supported the construction of a new pool.

Fifty people on the street were asked whether they wanted a new pool and, if they did, would they be happy to contribute financially to its construction.

Only one respondent said no.

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