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Tuesday 27 November, 2018
low visitation numbers and the availability of alternate venues were
determining factors in the Ashburton District Council’s decision to temporarily
close the EA Networks Centre (EANC) pools in January for routine maintenance.
Council will close the pools from Monday 7 – Sunday 20 January next year while
grouting and sealant replacement is carried out on three of the four pools and
maintenance work is completed in the facility changing rooms. This two week
period has proven to be one of the Centre’s quietest times for the pools, with
many people away on holiday, and usual swimming programmes not happening.
acknowledge the concerns from the community about why this particular timeframe
was chosen, and I want to reassure residents that this timing was carefully
selected to be of least disruption to visitors
the pool, Council Service Delivery Group Manager Neil
two week period experiences one of the lowest visitation numbers the EANC pools
see each year since the Centre opened. While it might seem contradictory, the
height of summer and the school holidays does not appear to attract more
visitors, or even sustain the same number we usually see at other times of the
year,” he explains.
Council has also selected a time when other facilities, such as the Tinwald
pool, community pools and the Ashburton Domain paddling pool are all open. Had
this work been scheduled for the winter months, swimmers would have no
alternative options, and a number of swimming programmes would have to be
pools need to be maintained throughout their lifespan to keep them running at
their best. While other facilities can do this in the off-season when they
close, the EANC is open all year round, so a suitable time has to be chosen, Mr
put a great deal of thought into the timing of this maintenance work to cause
the least disruption to the community as possible,” said Chief Executive Hamish
Riach. “We greatly value our visitors and have made every effort to ensure that
disruption in service is kept to at a minimum,” he added.
Council will open the Tinwald pool for additional hours during the closure to
help accommodate swimmers. The pool will be open from 9.00am – 7.00pm each day
and Learn to Swim classes will operate at the Tinwald pool as well.
with an EANC Silver pool membership will not be charged their membership fee
during the closure. People with Gold and Platinum memberships to the pools will
receive a credit on their membership fee in the following payment cycle. The
gym and café facilities at the Centre will not be affected during the temporary
The pools and changing
rooms are expected to reopen at 5.45am, Monday 21 January.