Board making waves
Child safety, carpark space and vehicle security are problems floating to the surface at the Onehunga War Memorial Pools.
Last month the Maungakiekie Community Board proposed up to $80,000 worth of changes to the complex’s carpark area.
That came after a significant increase in pool users, and board members wondered how many near-miss incidents there had been in the carpark.
Chairwoman Bridget Graham was particularly concerned about child safety.
The plans include a footpath to be built alongside the pool complex which would mean several parking spaces would be eliminated.
A pedestrian crossing would also be moved and white road markings added.
A local resident and the general manager of Onehunga Aquasport objected to the plan.
Ashley Hunt, who has managed the complex for the past eight months, says at least 20 cars a year are broken into.
“It is a major problem. There aren’t enough carparks at the moment, we could do with 12 more, not 12 less.
“I did a survey yesterday and 99 percent of people were against losing carparks.
“There is a physio in the complex and there needs to be carparks outside the entrance. We can’t have people hobbling to the entrance.”
Mr Hunt acknowledged the need for increased safety since there are often young children at the pools.
He is hoping other alternatives can be explored and suggested building the footpath on the opposite side of the road instead of against the complex.
Royal Oak resident Terry Daly was also unhappy with the proposal and highlighted the volume of traffic that enters the carpark before 7am.
“Pool users are often business people who would have expensive equipment like laptops in their vehicles. I don’t feel safe leaving my car there.”
The board was considering having the carpark gate unlocked earlier to allow more parking.
Mrs Graham said the matter will go forward for public consultation.