Good public feedback over pool sites

The preferred site for Mosgiel's new pool is proving to be a hot topic of debate.

Dunedin City Council staff say more than 60 electronic submissions have been received so far, on top of an unknown number of written submissions delivered directly to the Civic Centre at Mosgiel's Library.

The public feedback had come in just the first week of consultation on the shortlist of four sites for the pool, released on July 24.

And, with consultation not closing until Friday, the number of submissions was continuing to climb.

Mosgiel aquatic facility steering group chairwoman Cr Jinty MacTavish was impressed by the public engagement to date.

''We're pretty pleased with the interest to date, given we've still got [time] to go.''

Taieri Community Facilities Trust chairwoman Irene Mosley encouraged people to continue to have their say.

''We really encourage every resident in the Mosgiel area to have a think about their preference, and send through their feedback.''

Council parks and recreation planning manager Jendi Paterson said the submissions would be collated and handed to the steering group for consideration at its next meeting to be held on August 11.

The shortlist for four possible sites for the pool complex suggested a redevelopment of the existing Mosgiel pool, two locations inside the Memorial Gardens or a spot on top of the existing Memorial Park car park.

The suggestion green space inside the garden could be lost to make way for the pool has prompted some opposition, including the creation of a new group, Hands Off Memorial Gardens.

The trust has also earlier indicated a preferred site for the pool inside the gardens when it released its feasibility study late last year.

The new steering group, created earlier this year to progress the project, was expected to make final recommendations to the council on a site, design and costs, by October 30.

chris.morris@odt.co.nz

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