QLDC will not take action over pool

Queenstown Lakes District Council has to spend millions to fix its swimming pool, which is only...
Alpine Aqualand will close for three months. Photo: Tracey Roxburgh
Queenstown Lakes District Council has effectively ruled out legal action against companies behind the resort's main swimming pool.

Alpine Aqualand, at the Events Centre, will close for three months from September 30 while contractors replace the ceiling and fix air flow problems.

The $18million facility, just over a decade old, closed for five weeks last summer after roof tiles were affected by moisture and fell into the water.

The temporary solution was a ceiling of plastic sheeting and tape.

Repair work will cost $2.3million, plus $400,000 in lost income.

Sports and recreation manager Simon Battrick said the council was ``unlikely to take formal recovery proceedings'' against various parties because of the time that had passed since construction.

The council sought legal advice.

The council had instead re-allocated capital money to pay for repairs.

Arrowtown's open-air pool will open early, on September 30, when a new heating system to boost water temperatures to 28degC is initiated.

About 20 staff will be redeployed to Arrowtown, and some will take leave.

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