Dunedin city councillors have asked staff to report in the
next six months to the community development and environment
committee on how the lane charging system at Moana Pool is
The request follows one from the Dunedin Swim Coaching Board
to the 2014-15 annual plan-setting process, seeking that the
council remove the lane charge to the board and review the
available lane space allocation to the board and the public.
The board said swimmers training were effectively being
charged three times to use lanes: through their concession,
for the lane use and for the coaching they were getting.
Staff advised councillors who were considering the request
yesterday that lane space allocation was a finely balanced
thing and that the present system was put in place as the
best option to maximise lane use and to encourage clubs to
make more efficient use of lane space.
Infrastructure and networks group manager Tony Avery said
advice from staff was that it had not really made much of a
difference in that regard.
The concern was that in providing any more flexibility in
allowing training swimmers to use other lanes, the message
being sent was that the casual space was less and less.
''We think the current situation addresses the situation as
well as it can do.''