Concern over quake-hit Lyttelton pool

SAM SACHDEVA
Last updated 05:00 16/05/2012

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It is too early to say whether Lyttelton Pool can be repaired, the Christchurch City Council says.

The pool has been out of operation since the February 2011 earthquake.

Councillors will discuss the repair process for the pool tomorrow.

Council recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell said the main concern was the retaining wall at the southern side of the pool, which was badly damaged and had caused cracks to other parts of the facility.

"It's on a steep hill – the side of a volcano – and gravity being what it is, the pool is doing its best to make its way down to the harbour."

He said it was too early to say whether the pool could be repaired, as the council did not have enough information about the damage.

"What we've seen we don't like, but we need to see more," he said.

"We just don't know."

The council would have a "heads-up" on the condition of the pool by July, when a detailed engineering evaluation was completed.

He said a timeline for repairs would depend on the extent of the damage, while a geotechnical report could also be needed to determine whether the pool land was safe.

Filsell said the pool would "definitely" remain closed next summer.

The council had repaired quake damage at the Governors Bay pool to ensure Lyttelton residents could visit a nearby pool.

Other council initiatives from last summer, including swimming lessons for school pupils in the area and a summer programme at Corsair Bay during the school holidays, would take place again, Filsell said.

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