Patea Pool - feedback wanted

Patea Pool - feedback wanted

Friday, March 04, 2011

The Patea Pool Relocation Committee is keen to find out whether the community supports a proposal to relocate the town pool to the Patea Domain.

A public meeting was held on 14 February to inform people about the project which 50 people attended. Some felt it would be better to have a new pool than patch up the old one and that a long term view needed to be taken. Others were concerned about the loss of the basketball court and playground if the pool is sited on the corner of Egmont and Surrey Streets and the committee is investigating how these can be kept in some form. Another concern was the proposed depth of the new pool as most young people at the meeting wanted it as deep as the old pool which it is proposed to be at 1.5 metres in the middle of the pool. Others were concerned it would be further away from their homes.

A show of hands indicating support or not for the project was taken with 31 people voting to support the proposal and 19 for upgrading the existing pool. This indicated there was enough support to continue investigating the project.

Relocation Committee Chair, David Honeyfield, says for funding applications to be successful real community support needs to be shown. The committee will be going out to talk to community groups, schools, hapu and kohanga reo to find out whether the idea should be progressed.

“The South Taranaki District Council has given the Committee until March 2012 to raise the required funds for this project to proceed. The proposed plans are nearing completion and the estimated cost will be in the region of $1.2 million,” says Mr Honeyfield.  “The Council has allocated $613,000 in the 2011/12 annual plan for the Patea Pool upgrade. If the extra funding is not found the Council’s funding will be used on the existing pool,” he says.

The fundraising effort received a major boost with the recently wound-up Patea Community Development Trust giving its remaining funds, totalling $81,000, to the Patea Pool project.

If your group would like more information, to provide a letter of support for potential funders, or if you have some ideas for progressing this project please contact David Honeyfield on 06 273 8250 email: dihoneyfield@nettel.net.nzor Ruth Mackay on 273 8162. Plans will be available at the Patea LibraryPlus.

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