Hills and Harbour
Christchurch parents pushing for a replacement paddling pool at Scarborough fear the city council's delaying tactics could mean they have to go two more summers without one.
Sumner mum Mette Kristiansen, who has been running a campaign on Facebook to get Scarborough Pool reopened as soon as possible, said she feared the council might even struggle to get a replacement pool built by the summer of 2014/15.
That is because councillors last week decided not to commit funds to the project until they have received another report from staff.
"They deem it a project that needs to be done but we don't seem to have got anywhere since the middle of the year. I didn't think we would have a pool in time for this summer but the danger is if these decisions keep getting postponed we won't have it for next summer either," Kristiansen said.
Cr Yani Johanson said yesterday he shared the community's frustration.
At last week's council meeting - the final one of this term - he argued that up to $750,000 should be put aside to replace the Scarborough paddling pool as soon as possible, but he failed to secure majority support, with several councillors questioning why it should cost so much.
"If anyone thinks that number is acceptable they don't belong here," Cr Aaron Keown said during the debate. "Take off a zero and I will support that. I'm freaking out. I'm nearly shaking."
Unwilling to commit to the $750,000 price-tag, councillors instead voted to get staff to bring a report on the costs and timing of the project to the incoming council as soon as possible.
Council community services general manager Michael Aitken told councillors he hoped to be able to bring that report to the first meeting of the new community, recreation and culture committee, but said it was "highly unlikely" that a replacement pool could be built in time for this summer.
Johanson said yesterday the committee had asked for the report back in June and he could not understand why it had not yet been delivered.
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