Welles­ley ap­proves new rules for fenc­ing around pools

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - ALI WIL­SON

LIVE IN WELLES­LEY AND plan­ning on putting in a pool, even the wad­ing kind, next sum­mer? You’ll want to check out the new fence by­law coun­cil ap­proved this week.

The new rules ap­ply to fenc­ing re­quire­ments for pools, set­ting new height re­quire­ments, for in­stance.

The largest dif­fer­ence in the new by­law in­volves a clar­i­fi­ca­tion of def­i­ni­tions and pro­vi­sions es­tab­lished for the per­mit process, though no changes to the ex­ist­ing fees and charges are in­cluded.

In re­gards to the height and lo­ca­tion of fences, none shall ex­ceed 2.03m in height in a side or rear yard with no larger than 0.8m in the front yard, reads the new by­law. No barbed wire, elec­tric, or snow fenc­ing is per­mit­ted to be used as per­ma­nent op­tion. Per­mits are re­quired for the con­struc­tion of swim­ming pools – plans to con­struct or erect a swim­ming pool en­clo­sure will be re­viewed for the town­ship.

All pri­vately owned swim­ming pools must be fenced or en­closed for swim­ming pools ca­pa­ble of hold­ing a wa­ter depth at 0.8m with a fence be­tween 1.2m and 2.03 me­tres – in the case of above-ground pools with no re­lated climb­ing de­vices no other fence is re­quired.

Though ul­ti­mately ap­proved unan­i­mously, the changes did raise some ques­tions, es­pe­cially from Coun. Herb Ne­her, who ex­pressed con­cerns about the po­ten­tial im­pact on kiddy pools, as an ex­am­ple.

“Peo­ple have these lit­tle pools here and they are go­ing to have to build a fence around them – they are two feet or what­ever, they are this high, and they have to have a fence. But the 10, 12 inches don’t have to have any­thing at all. Where are the smaller kids go­ing to drown? They are go­ing to drown in these small pools that are 10 inches,” he said. “I think some­times we gotta stay out of peo­ple’s back­yards – that’s all I am say­ing, be­cause you know that’s a very, very small size.

“Peo­ple put them up – I know of peo­ple that have them put them up for the sum­mer – and they are go­ing to have to build a five-foot fence around them that they are go­ing to have to take away. I find it silly, per­son­ally. I know that safety is a fac­tor, but I think that we go over­board with it some­times and this is one of those ar­eas.”

Hav­ing been passed, the by­law comes into ef­fect next year.

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