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It looks like it is crunch time for the town pool in Tau­marunui.

The pub­lic re­ally need to de­cide what hap­pens here and they will get that op­por­tu­nity dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion on the Ruapehu Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Long Term Com­mu­nity Plan.

First, the com­mu­nity needs good in­for­ma­tion. They need to know how badly the pool is dam­aged. How much it will cost to fix and how much a new pool would cost if the old one is too far gone.

Town pools are no­to­ri­ously ex­pen­sive to build and main­tain so those num­bers are re­ally im­por­tant for an in­formed de­ci­sion. Does the town need a new pool or will the old one suf­fice? Are peo­ple happy to travel out to the high school to use the pool there?

One thing is for cer­tain - pools are right up there on the list of ser­vices a coun­cil should pro­vide and are hugely ben­e­fi­cial for recre­ational, health and water safety rea­sons.

Daniel Hutchin­son

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