Staff to assess pool plan

Dunedin city councillors will wait until a proposal for a new aquatic centre in Mosgiel is assessed by staff, before discussing it.

Michael Stedman, chairman of the Taieri Community Facilities Trust, appeared before yesterday's full council meeting, during the public forum, to talk councillors through the proposal.

He said the trust put together the proposal in a ''very demanding'' 10 week-period, as per the requirement of the council, which funded part of the work.

The proposal is for a $15 million ''aquatic centre'' at Memorial Park in Mosgiel.

The trust is proposing the council pay half, with the rest to be raised in the community.

Answering questions from councillors, Mr Stedman said the trust was realistic the project would take years, but hoped it would not be more than five years before construction began, noting the community was engaged and willing to raise its share.

What was proposed, including a main pool and learners, hydrotherapy and leisure pools, was still a concept only, that would be developed further depending on what the council decided to contribute.

''There's still a lot of water to go under the bridge before we can talk about what will be built.''

Staff expect to have analysed the proposal in time for the first of the councillors' annual council budget discussions in late January.

• The chairmen of the Saddle Hill and Mosgiel Taieri community boards yesterday passed on to Dunedin city councillors resolutions from a community meeting held at the weekend about stopping quarrying on Saddle Hill.

Scott Weatherall, from the Saddle Hill board, and Bill Feather, from the Mosgiel-Taieri board, asked the council to apply for an urgent stop work order, order an urgent stability analysis and called for the council to investigate public ownership of the hill.

Councillors were unable to make any resolutions yesterday due to legal considerations.

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