Delay in approving pool site irks trust

The Taieri Community Facilities Trust has made a decision on the preferred site for the new Mosgiel pool, but will have to wait another two weeks before it is considered by the Dunedin City Council.

Trust chairwoman Irene Mosley said the trust was to present its preferred site for the new pool to a council meeting tomorrow.

However, the trust was informed by the council late last week the meeting had to be postponed.

''We found out last Thursday that because of the full agenda for the meeting, it could go to an infrastructure meeting on April 10 instead.

''So we now have to wait another couple of weeks.''

Mrs Mosley said it was ''frustrating'' because a lot depended on the site.

''We're not really able to get into our fundraising or design options or costings until we get approval to use that site.''

She said the trust voted about 10 days ago to ask the DCC to go with an amended Site A, which was near the existing pool.

''The trust had 447 responses; 52% were for Site B (Memorial Gardens), and 40% were for Site A,'' Mrs Mosley said.

''However, once the comments were taken into consideration, along with the actual votes, the trust discovered that many of those in favour of Site B were in favour because of concerns about the existing pool being closed during the new pool build, potential parking issues and road safety concerns at the proposed entrance off Gordon Rd.

''The trust believes by locating the new pool further into the existing caravan park, and moving the park towards the Reid Ave side of the fields, these concerns can be mitigated.''

She said the message from the community had been clear.

''They want this project to happen.

''We've done so much work behind the scenes, and since October last year, we've been aiming for this meeting.

''It's so frustrating to be put on hold.''

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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