Extensive cracking was found in the base of
the main pool at Milton's swimming pool complex during the off season.
Council engaged engineers to investigate the cracking
in August once the cracking was discovered, while the pool was in its usual
The engineering company has advised Council that a
temporary repair could cost anywhere between $15,000-$40,000 and would not
necessarily be effective enough to allow the pool to open this season.
Service Delivery Group Manager Jules Witt said a
temporary repair may cause further delays in finding a permanent solution if
it is not successful.
As such, the engineers have been tasked with
investigating options for a permanent repair as soon as possible.
All this means it is unlikely the pool will be open in
2015, Mr Witt said.
"We can't give a timeframe for when it will open until
we get a clearer idea of the repair options and costs".
It had been due to open during November.
The 33.7m x 13m pool is around 40 years and is located
within Taylor Park. A significant fracture has appeared running the length
of the pool, with other secondary cracks radiating from it.
At this stage, the engineers cannot offer a definitive
answer for the cracking, but it could potentially be a combination of
numerous factors such as a rise in the water table, a depression in the
ground, effects from flooding or a loss of structural integrity due to
Council is aware this will be disappointing for the
Milton community and apologises for the inconvenience.
We have been in contact with the Milton Swimming Club
and expect to be able to accommodate some swimmers, especially those
who swim competitively, at the Balclutha Pool.
Council will keep the Milton community updated with
progress and anybody with concerns about bookings should contact District
Pool Supervisor Holly Ramsay in the first instance.