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Recreation Centre forced to close pools

Just as the school holidays begin, taking the kids to swim laps will not be an option.

The five-lane pool at the Trust House Recreation Centre has been closed because of problems with the ageing compressor that heats and cools the water as well as the air at the centre.

Now, both the five-lane pool and the learner’s pool, which shut in January because of structural issues with the roof, will not be useable.

The 20-old-compressor for the lane pool has failed and must be replaced, and a smaller backup compressor is not an adequate substitute.

This has resulted in issues with the temperature in the five-lane and spa pools, a Masterton District Council spokesperson said.

To prevent the backup unit from failing, the five-lane pool is now closed to reduce the load on the backup unit.

Masterton District Council’s manager of community facilities and activities, Corin Haines, said he hoped a new unit would be installed by the week beginning Monday, April 24.

“This will allow us to bring the recreation centre back to full capacity,” he said.

“We want to apologise for the disruption this has caused our customers. We know the Recreation Centre pools are very popular with our community, and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”

The old compressor received regular visual inspections and annual servicing, Haines said.

The closure comes after the learner’s pool was shut on January 19 because of concerns after the roofing was found damaged.

Haines said he was disappointed the learner’s pool had to be closed – but public safety was paramount.

“A person or a group of people appear to have tried to climb over the rear pool roof,” he said at the time the damage was discovered.

“We initially thought a few roofing panels had been damaged but, on inspection, have found that the structural integrity of the roof appears to be compromised.

“We will need to address this before we can allow people to use the pool.”

Grace Prior
Grace Prior
Grace Prior is a senior reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age with a keen interest in environmental issues. Grace is the paper’s health reporter and regularly covers the rural sector, weather, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and coastal stories.

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