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‘‘It was what a lot of peo­ple wanted,’’ Law­ton said.

The cost of up­grad­ing the pool and build­ing a learner’s pool had the po­ten­tial to have in­creased costs down the track, and the de­ci­sion needed to be what would be best for the com­mu­nity, she said. ‘‘It’s a dif­fi­cult one. ‘‘Un­for­tu­nately it’s not go­ing to be ideal for every­one,’’ she said.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden dis­missed sug­ges­tions that a de­ci­sion had al­ready been made on the fu­ture of the pool at a coun­cil work­shop last week. ‘‘That is com­pletely wrong. ‘‘Coun­cil­lors are not able to make de­ci­sions at work­shops.

‘‘What we have done is ask for full cost­ings to add a 25m pool and learn­ers’ pool to the Wanaka Sports Fa­cil­ity that will be built at Three Parks.

‘‘That will in­clude cap­i­tal costs, po­ten­tial op­er­at­ing mod­els and rat­ing im­pli­ca­tions,’’ she said.

Coun­cil had al­ready agreed to spend $115,000 on tem­po­rary strength­en­ing of the ex­ist­ing pool build­ing, to bring it up to the min­i­mum earthquake stan­dard, so it could re­open by the end of Septem­ber.

The coun­cil could also de­cide to spend about $55,000 more on ex­tra strength­en­ing that would ex­tend the life of the pool for about five years, van Uden said.

Coun­cil­lor Calum Ma­cleod, of Wanaka, said the pres­sure was on to keep the ex­ist­ing pool open but po­ten­tially the Three Parks op­tion would be more cost-ef­fec­tive.

‘‘The ap­petite now is that it might be a bet­ter op­tion for more (fund­ing) to be set aside for the (new) pool,’’ he said.

Ma­cleod was vo­cal dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign about keep­ing the costs of the Wanaka Sports Fa­cil­ity to a min­i­mum.

How­ever, ‘‘do­ing up the ex­ist­ing pool has be­come al­most void’’, he said.

Deputy Mayor Lyal Cocks said the coun­cil was still wait­ing on the fi­nal cost­ings, which would show what the rat­ing im­pli­ca­tions would be.

The coun­cil closed the pool the same week its engi­neer, An­thony Stanely Ma­jor, who de­signed and ob­served the con­struc­tion of Sta­dium South­land which later col­lapsed, was ex­pelled from the In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers of New Zealand.

Last month Three Parks de­vel­oper Al­lan Dip­pie said while he did not have any­thing to do with coun­cil’s de­ci­sion whether to build a pool at the pro­posed sports fa­cil­ity site, the site could prove to be the best place for it.

‘‘Ul­ti­mately it could be a bless­ing in dis­guise (clos­ing the pool) and the com­mu­nity will get a bet­ter pool,’’ Dip­pie said.

‘‘What the com­mu­nity want to see now is some de­ci­sions,’’ he said.

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