Hope to have new pool in 2019


Retiring Mosgiel Taieri Community Board chairman Bill Feather said the issue of a Mosgiel pool complex had been talked about for ‘‘at least 10 years’’.
A new pool was proposed to replace the ageing Mosgiel pool, which was built in 1935, because it was felt to be no longer fit for purpose.
The Taieri Community Facilities Trust, which has advocated for the development of the pool, proposed a four-pool complex with learn to swim, hydrotherapy, lap, and leisure pools.
A report commissioned by the trust and produced at the end of 2014 found this proposal would cost $14.4 million.
However, a Dunedin City Council report last year questioned the figure. The report found the proposed fourpool complex would cost $18 million to $20 million.
Last year, the council committed $6 million in the 2018/19 financial year budget towards the development of the pool.
This contribution is contingent on the trust meeting a fundraising target of $7.5 million.
Trust chairwoman Irene Mosley said she believed the complex could be built for $15 million and the council’s figures were for a ‘‘top-end’’ facility.
‘‘We’re talking about a community facility which will be functional, effective, look OK. We’re looking at functionality and practicality, rather than bells and whistles,
and there’s also
possibilities of looking at
other styles of pools
within the facility.’’
The new complex
would service a community catchment of 30,600 people who lived within a 10-minute radius of Mosgiel. This included the areas of Outram, Brighton, and Fairfield, Mrs Mosley said.
The existing pool is only open for limited hours between September and March but the proposed new pool complex is to be open 12 months of the year.
Mrs Mosley said the trust was close to confirming a site but consultation was ongoing with interested parties in the area.
The site of the existing pool was not suitable for the new complex because of traffic issues and close proximity to residential housing, she said.
Mrs Mosley said she expected a site for the pool complex would be confirmed by the end of this year, with fundraising to begin in earnest at the start of next year after concept designs were presented to the community.
‘‘My goal would be that by the end of this year we’ll be in a position to be able to go out and actively fundraise. We’ll have a definite site, we’ll have our provisional plans and we can do a final sign-off with the community. That’s when the fundraising side starts.’’
Mr Feather said the pool was needed to meet the needs of Mosgiel’s growing population.
‘‘We’ve got the largest growing area in Dunedin populationwise, with a variety of needs from young families to the aged that would all enjoy a swimming pool that met their needs.’’
Mrs Mosley said, with the council commitment of $6 million, she expected the pool would be completed by the end of 2019.
‘‘Togs on, November 2019.’’