Possible Linwood Woolston pool sites revealed

PREFERRED: The old nursery site on Smith St is one of five locations being looked at for the Linwood Woolston pool.

The five locations being considered for the $21 million Linwood Woolston pool have been revealed.

City council head of recreation, sports and events John Filsell said staff were looking at the old nursery site on Smith St, the old Linwood Service Centre site over the road, Woolston Park, Bromley Park and the north-west parcel of Linwood Park.

“On initial assessment, 141 Smith St, the old nursery, had notable advantages over other sites – however it is yet to be determined if a preferred status will be given to a particular site.”

Mr Filsell said until a site was chosen, it was not yet known whether any buildings, including Linwood Service Centre, would need to be demolished.

“Council will consider all the advantages and implications of any identified site before making a decision.”

The community board room is still operating out of the Linwood Service Centre building on Smith St, but the centre and library is now based at Eastgate Shopping Centre.

A report is being prepared for the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board seeking recommendations on what sites should be put forward for public consultation, Mr Filsell said.

“The decision around site selection can only be made once consultation and engagement has been undertaken and an options report generated. This is expected early in 2018.”

Construction is meant to begin at the end of 2019, with $21,789,309 budgeted for the project, Mr Filsell said.

He said the budget provided for funding from 2017/18 to 2020/21.

But Linwood Ward city councillor Yani Johanson said the construction was originally meant to begin next year, and he could not understand why that had changed.

“There’s an overwhelming desire for it and the council
just needs to get on and get it done.”

He said everyone agreed the nursery site was the best option.

The former Woolston Outdoor Pool, which sat next to the old Woolston School, was removed in 2006. The community has been campaigning for a new one for years.

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