Waikanae Pool hours could be cut
Waikanae Pool's season could be cut by four weeks as part of a plan to save thousands for Kapiti Coast District Council.
Councillors are to decide on Thursday whether to reduce the outdoor pool's season from 22 to 18 weeks, to ''minimise operating costs'' during periods of low demand.
Under this proposal the pool would open on November 17 and close on March 24 next year.
A report by aquatic services manager Alison Law said net savings of up to $29,000 could be made with the proposal.
''This will make the most efficient use of the facility by minimising operating costs during periods of low demand at the end of the season due to inclement weather and the end of daylight saving.''
Under the proposal the council would cut weekend hours - opening at 8am, rather than the usual 6am. Ms Law said there is only an average three pool users per hour before 8am on weekends.
A second option for councillors on Thursday would be to keep the season the same length - only retaining the proposed later opening time on weekends and long weekends.
Ms Law said informal discussions were held with Waikanae Community Board chair Michael Scott, who indicated he would only support the second option.
The proposal comes as the council brings pool management inhouse from October 1 - after previously contracting out the service.
- Kapiti Observer
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