Trust reporting back to DCC on possible plans for pool next month

Taieri Community Facilities Trust is expected to report back to the Dunedin City Council at the end of October on plans for a Mosgiel Aquatic Centre.

The submission period for the location of the proposed pool has closed but, of the four shortlisted sites, there was no clear favourite.

Taieri Community Facilities Trust acting chair Cherry Henderson said the public's input was very close and did not produce a clear-cut result.

''We're still discussing an exact site and we're looking at high level concept plans for what will be included in the pool and how it will be laid out. We're down to a few site options within the wider Memorial Garden area - we're looking at how we can minimise the impact on the existing space,'' Ms Henderson said.

The Dunedin City Council has set aside a placeholder sum of $6 million for the project and requested to be reported back to at the next community and environment meeting at the end of October.

''We're at the stage of having to prepare a report for that meeting. In that we will have some recommendations, hopefully for a preferred site, and what kind of pool concept is preferred so they can give us the green light to continue.

''We're doing things like organising Geo-technology analysis of the sites, looking at the impact on roading and the existing infrastructure. Those things need to be done at this stage so we pick out any possible problems early on,'' she said.

The trust did not want to duplicate what was at Moana Pool and was working hard to future-proof the building.

''What's great in 2015 may not be the same in 2030. We expect to have a capital budget - how much it will cost to build the pool - and an idea of operating costs by April. We want it to be affordable to operate.''

• David Beck 

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