'First step' for pool urged

The Mosgiel Taieri Community board is strongly urging the Dunedin City Council to allocate $30,000 seed funding for a new pool.

This comes after the council in January decided to consult the public through its draft annual plan on a proposal to give $30,000 to a community trust to take on the next stage.

The Taieri Community Facilities Trust has since offered to investigate the pool project in conjunction with the council and community and be responsible for its establishment and ownership.

Support for the proposal forms a major part of the community board's submission to the Dunedin City Council on its 2014-15 draft annual plan.

Board chairman Bill Feather said it would be a ''huge disappointment'' for the Mosgiel community if the council decided against giving the funding.

If the money was allocated, it would be ''a turning point'' for the project and ''appease'' those in the community who felt Mosgiel was not a priority for the council.

''Up until this point, in all of the long-term and annual plans there has not ever been a line in the budget providing for a new pool.

''This is that first step.''

Having the funding would allow the community to take a lead on the project and get the ball rolling to raise funds for it.

The desire among the community for a new pool was shown by the fact it attracted the fourth-highest number of submissions during consultation on the draft annual plan.

''The area is sorely in need of having its pool replaced,'' Mr Feather said.

''[The current one] doesn't meet the community's needs.''

Mosgiel residents needed to keep fighting for the project and show a willingness to raise funds for it.

The issue will be discussed at annual plan hearings next week.

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