Feedback wanted on proposed pool extension

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton is calling on locals to have their say on whether the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Rolleston should be extended.

The aquatic centre, which was built at a cost of $15 million, opened in 2013 but already demand for the facilities is reaching capacity.

In its Draft Annual Plan, which is currently out for public feedback, council is proposing to undertake feasibility, planning and design work on possible additions to the centre.

A provisional budget of $250,000 has been included in next year’s annual plan and Mayor Broughton said they want feedback from residents on whether they should press ahead with the feasibility study.

“Since the centre has opened it has been popular with swimmers of all ages and the swim school has been doing great work teaching our kids to swim,” Mayor Broughton said.

“We are now looking whether to include funding for planning and design work to be carried out to develop a multiuse pool which we could use for swim and aqua fitness classes. “Planning and design work for these changes can be funded without a change in the swimming pool rate but the building of any extension is likely to need an increase in that rate.” 

According to council figures the Selwyn Aquatic Centre currently has 1,550 swim school students enrolled in weekly swimming lessons and a waiting list of over 100 students each term. The building of the multi-use pool extension would free up more of the main pool for casual swimmers. If there is support for the development of a new pool, a budget for the construction of this would be included in the Long-Term Plan 2018–2028, with the project being scheduled o be completed early on in the plan. 

Feedback on the pool extension, and the rest of council’s 2017–18 Draft Annual Plan, is open until May 3.