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Wednesday March 29 2017
News Pool numbers down due to community access scheme THE NUMBER of people using Norman Kirk Memorial Pool has been significantly lower than expected this summer season. The city council expected 8885 people to use the pool, instead the number recorded was 7517 – 1368 less than expected. City council staff said the introduction of a trial where locals can apply for a season key pass has made the recording of exact numbers difficult. However, the local community has benefited from a longer opening season, which is the main goal of the new system. Key holders were able to access the pool seven days a week between 7am and 8pm. It came after residents asked for greater flexibility for community access, as they felt the opening hours of noon to 7pm weren’t long enough. Volunteers were given lifeguard training so they are able to patrol the pool for special public events and school swimming programmes outside of the opening hours. While the numbers at Norman Kirk Memorial Pool were lower
NO MORE: The city council has been cracking down on freedom camping, issuing fines to those breaking the rules.
Freedom campers fined
TAKING A DIP: Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner (left) with Richard Homer and his daughters, Bronwyn, 8, and Caitlin, 11.
than expected, throughout the city the number of visitors to city council-operated pools was up more than 13,000 from the 2015/2016 season. City council operations leader Rob Gibbs says the higher numbers are great to see. “This summer, we held more organised pool parties, and the decision to make opening hours
consistent across all outdoor pools has made for a more enjoyable experience,” he said. The outdoor pools at the Waltham Swimming Pool, Te Hapua Halswell Aquatic Centre and Jellie Park Recreation and Sports Centre will also close on Sunday. Paddling pools in local parks close on Sunday, April 2.
FREEDOM CAMPING is still causing issues in Lyttelton, with 15 infringement notices issued this month alone. All of the notices were issued at Naval Point for camping in a prohibited area. They were issued to campers for breaking the restrictions put in place by the city council and consisted of a $200 fine. The city council cracked down on freedom camping across the city last summer following public outcry over the amount of rubbish left by campers and the unsanitary conditions. Several areas across Banks Peninsula and the city banned freedom camping, while other areas restricted freedom camping to fully self-contained units
which are only able to stay two nights over 30 days. Lyttelton Community Association chairman Ken Maynard said it had been “noticed” but the real problem was with the lack of available sites for campers “There are insufficient sites for campers to go,” Mr Maynard said. He said if there were more sites allocated to freedom camping it might not be such a problem. City council staff have also been enforcing the freedom camping bylaw across the city and peninsula, issuing 107 $200 fines during daily inspections of prohibited areas. No fines were issued during the previous summer season.
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