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19 October 2017 - Committee members from the swimming pools on Ashburton District Council reserves have been assured the council will do everything it can to ensure they remain open.
Representatives from pool committees at Ruapuna, Mt Somers, Mayfield and Rakaia met with councillors and staff on Tuesday to learn the effects of new recommendations developed by the council's finance and business support committee last week.

  Representatives from the Hinds pool committee were unable to attend.
Cindy Meadows, the council's manager of people and capability, assured committee members that it had never been the intention of the council to shut pools. Staff were committed to working with committees to ensure they had as little stress as possible from operating the pools.
The meeting followed concern among pool committees and councillors when a set of recommendations covering pool operations were first published.
Committees said the original recommendations could lead to the closure of some pools.
But members seemed more satisfied when they left this week's meeting.
Pools will set their own opening hours and will not be required to have trained supervisors at this stage.
Instead, they will collect data over the summer to determine the busy times and then consider whether trained supervisors might be needed at peak times.
Some pools, like Ruapuna, may never need a trained supervisor.
The depth of the Rakaia and Hinds pools will be measured to see if they meet the standards for their diving platforms.
The council has offered help in training people, with water testing and the bulk buying of chemicals. It is also looking at a system for secure entry to the pools for key holders.
Committees were encouraged to put their requirements for maintenance funding to the council for inclusion in the long-term plan.


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