Pool delays shore plan

The earthquake-related problems with Wanaka's community swimming pool have disrupted progress on the controversial plan for administering the Lake Wanaka lakeshore.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council was expected to consider a new Wanaka lakeside reserve and lakeshore management plan at its meeting in Wanaka on August 28.

However, the plan is now expected to go to the Wanaka Community Board and the council at their respective meetings in October.

Board chairwoman Rachel Brown on Wednesday told the Otago Daily Times the delay was the result of the council staff working on the management plan becoming involved in the planning to solve the pool issue.

The council closed the pool last month after an engineer's report found it met only 20% of the required standard for earthquake safety.

Since then, the council has been considering various plans, including upgrading the existing pool or building a new pool in the Three Parks subdivision.

The pool options are expected to be on the agenda at the council's August 28 meeting.

Ms Brown said the pool had been taking a lot of the time and energy of general manager operations Ruth Stokes, and ''I totally appreciate that''.

''And so this has gone on the backburner, but now we have to start nudging it along a bit.''

Ms Brown was a member of the hearing committee which heard public submissions on the management plan last month.

She said Ms Stokes was writing the plan that resulted from the hearing.

''We've made most of the decisions but now it all has to be written up.''

She declined to say what decisions had been made.

The most controversial aspect of the plan was a call by submitters for an area of land on the lakeshore at Roys Bay to be used for a water sports facility building.

A council spokeswoman said the community board had agreed the investigations into options and costings for the Wanaka pool had ''higher priority for staff time''.

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