Swim­ming pool to re­main in Mt Al­bert

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - ELESHA ED­MONDS

‘‘A swim­ming pool will ab­so­lutely be needed in Mt Al­bert.’’

It may be out with the old and in with the new for Mt Al­bert’s swim­ming pool.

The fu­ture of Mt Al­bert Aquatic Cen­tre was in jeop­ardy af­ter talks of re­lo­cat­ing the pool to an­other cen­tral-west Auck­land sub­urb.

But Auck­land Coun­cil is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing op­tions for build­ing a new aquatic fa­cil­ity in the area, ac­cord­ing to a study pre­sented to the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board.

The aquatic cen­tre was closed for three months last year as part of a multi-mil­lion dol­lar up­grade to the pool.

How­ever the up­grade only ex­tended the pool’s fu­ture by five to 10 years and meant fur­ther in­vest­ment was needed to en­sure it stayed in Mt Al­bert. There is no bud­get for aquatic fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­cil’s Long-Term Plan.

The aquatic cen­tre op­er­ates at ca­pac­ity and cur­rent users could not be ac­com­mo­dated by other aquatic fa­cil­i­ties in the net­work. Board chair­per­son Peter Haynes says there is a long term need for the pool to re­main in the Mt Al­bert area.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, the fa­cil­ity has ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of is­sues par­tic­u­larly around the pool’s lo­ca­tion on the Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School grounds. It noted that its lo­ca­tion was caus­ing ‘‘con­flict be­tween fa­cil­ity traf­fic, and school stu­dents and ca­pac­ity car park­ing’’. Al­bert Eden board deputy chair­per­son Glenda Fryer says the school needs the land.

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