Opin­ions di­vided on pub­lic pool

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU

Massey, When­u­a­pai, Westgate or some­where near a park – north-west Auck­land res­i­dents have spo­ken.

De­bate over a pro­posed pub­lic swim­ming pool was heat­ing up with so­cial me­dia users sug­gest­ing lo­ca­tions around the north-west area.

The Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board, con­cerned with the growth in the area, said it de­served a new pub­lic pool fa­cil­ity.

Neigh­bourly user Wil­lis Robert­son said Massey or When­u­a­pai were the best lo­ca­tions for a pool be­cause of pop­u­la­tion growth from new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

Matt Toua and Toni Wat­son sug­gested some­where next to a park, with park­ing and an op­tion for out­door events. Massey res­i­dent Ch­eryl Wong said Westgate was the ideal location.

‘‘The west Auck­land com­mu­nity have been de­mand­ing for a new pub­lic pool for some time. ’’

‘‘The li­brary is be­ing built there so why not add the pool and a huge play­ground?’’ Wong said.

Some Neigh­bourly users said New Lynn and Avon­dale were bet­ter lo­ca­tions but Shirley Mackay from Swan­son thought oth­er­wise.

‘‘The pool should be built in the new north-west area as this catch­ment area is where the ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion growth has devel­oped since West Wave was built,’’ Mackay said.

‘‘There are no pools be­tween West Wave, He­lensville and North Shore of any con­se­quence for pub­lic use, not tak­ing into ac­count school pools which are not open to the gen­eral pub­lic.’’

Hob­sonville, Hua­pai, Kumeu, and Swan­son should be con­sid­ered, she said.

Other so­cial me­dia users sug­gested a pe­ti­tion to boost ef­forts for a new pool.

Auck­land Coun­cil head of ac­tive recre­ation Rob McGee said it was pri­ori­tis­ing a new pool fa­cil­ity in the Whau area.

It was an ini­tial pri­or­ity, with a busi­ness plan put for­ward for the coun­cil to con­sider.

But McGee said work had now be­gan in as­sess­ing the fu­ture leisure needs in north-west.

Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board chair­man Shane Hen­der­son said Auck­land had 27 pools but west Auck­land only one.

He said his board sup­ported the Whau Lo­cal Board’s pro­posal for a new pool but a sec­ond West Auck­land pool would be even bet­ter.

‘‘Given ram­pant pop­u­la­tion growth in both com­mu­ni­ties, it is clear that pools are needed in both the North­west and the Whau ar­eas.’’

He said the lo­cal board would push hard for a pool in the north-west area.

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