Baths ban chilly bins

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

Auck­land’s pop­u­lar Par­nell Baths have banned swim­mers from bring­ing chilly bins into the pub­lic fa­cil­ity this sum­mer.

It has also im­posed strict new rules about how much food the pub­lic can bring into the com­plex.

The swim­ming fa­cil­ity, in Judges Bay on Auck­land’s wa­ter­front, posted on its Face­book page this month say­ing chilly bins and com­mer­cial foods would not be al­lowed on site.

It also said only one packed lunch per per­son would be al­lowed on site, and has banned bags of food and com­mer­cial drinks.

The post re­ceived a num­ber of neg­a­tive re­ac­tions.

Karamea Pres­ley Matthes said she could not un­der­stand the packed lunch rule when many fam­i­lies were there for the day.

The pools are man­aged on be­half of Auck­land Coun­cil by Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment. Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment spokes­woman Kirsty Knowles said the de­ci­sion came af­ter it had on­go­ing is­sues with rub­bish and smug­gling of al­co­hol into the fa­cil­ity.

‘‘We are a fam­ily fa­cil­ity that is al­co­hol free how­ever un­for­tu­nately due to a num­ber of peo­ple not re­spect­ing these poli­cies we do check bags for any pro­hib­ited items.

‘‘We aim to do this as re­spect­fully and quickly as pos­si­ble.’’

Knowles said com­mer­cial food such as Pizza Hut and KFC was banned at the baths due to the amount of pack­ag­ing and food scraps, such as chicken bones, that were left be­hind.

‘‘In the height of sum­mer this un­for­tu­nately can at­tract pests.

‘‘We aim to op­er­ate a hy­gienic and clean fa­cil­ity and min­imis­ing the amount of rub­bish on site by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of these poli­cies will help us achieve this goal.’’ She said fam­i­lies were en­cour­aged to bring home made food and water bot­tles with them.

Auck­land Coun­cil head of re­cre­ation Rob McGee said the de­ci­sion was made purely by Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment.

‘‘Auck­land Coun­cil does not have a pol­icy re­lat­ing to food at our pool and leisure cen­tres and dif­fer­ent sites man­age this dif­fer­ently de­pend­ing on var­i­ous fac­tors,’’ McGee said.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate Com­mu­nity Leisure Man­age­ment had to put in place these mea­sures due to a small, but in­creas­ing, num­ber of peo­ple smug­gling in al­co­hol and leav­ing a mess. Taste­fully ren­o­vated brick and tile on a 524 square me­tre sec­tion.

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