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Rethink needed on Centennial Pool

Rethink needed on Centennial Pool

Labour's Christchurch Central spokesperson, Tony Milne, is calling on the new Council to rethink Centennial Pool and support it being repaired.

Council has deferred decision on the future of Centennial Pool until Thursday 12th December.

“Bulldozing Centennial doesn't make sense.  Centennial Pool is likely to be East Christchurch’s only public swimming pool for a number of years and every effort should be made to preserve it.”

“Spending $20 million on a playground instead of $2 million* repairing a well-used pool is ludicrous.  Why not incorporate them?” he says.

“The repair option makes sense given new information that the Metro Sports facility probably won’t be built until 2017 or even later.”

“This local facility is the kind of project that should be given priority by Council and Government. It's a facility that is important to local residents and its retention will encourage central city living.”

The Centennial and Metro facilities are complementary as they will be located on either side of the central city.  One is a small scale community facility for residents, schools and community organisations and the other a sports centre for the development of athletic fitness, water sports and sports clubs use.

“Council is in a difficult position given the previous Council’s misguided cost-share agreement with the Government.  However it's time to rebuild a city for people and residents,” he says.

* On top of the agreed valuation.  The agreement signed by CCC and the crown last year states the Council will sell the Centennial Pool site to the Crown at the agreed valuation of $6.8 million and council will contribute the proceeds from the sale of the Centennial Pool site towards the development costs of The Frame.

ENDS

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