Three pools in the east likely

Last updated 07:51 28/03/2014

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The Christchurch City Council is edging closer to backing three aquatic facilities in the city's east.

If approved at a council meeting next Thursday, the search for locations for three pools to replace the QEII complex will begin.

The pools may include a QEII replacement, a saltwater pool in New Brighton, and a pool in the Linwood-Woolston area in a potential government partnership.

Councillors yesterday heard deputations from groups backing various aquatic proposals for the city's northern and eastern suburbs but stopped short of full backing for investigations into them.

The meeting deferred any final decisions until next week but it appeared there would be strong support for investigations into finding locations for three separate projects.

Moves to identify a "legacy" project in New Brighton by late May, which could include a hot saltwater pool concept, are tipped to get backing, and the council is also expected to start looking at opportunities for an aquatic facility in the Linwood-Woolston area that could be developed with the Ministry of Education.

New Brighton Business Association chairman Paul Zaneen told councillors the location of pools had become a "heated issue" but progress was being made.

Keep QEII in the East spokeswoman Jo Zervos said it was essential the entire $30.5 million allocated to an eastern aquatic facility was invested in a single asset to give residents there something to be proud of again.

Wow Brighton spokeswoman Eleanor Bodger said a legacy project would give the residents of New Brighton recognition they desperately needed.

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- The Press


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