Want to swim this summer?
Newlands swimming pool was once, many years ago, one of the country's premier facilities. It has slowly, for a variety of reasons, many totally understandable fallen out of favour. the upshot being tt now closes in April and only reopens at the beginning of summer.
Now the rant. We are very rapidly nearing 1 December, and the pool is still not open. The sign you see is the hand written notice on the front door, pasted above the official notice that the pool will be closing in April 2007 for the 'off-season.'
Not one for relying on rumours, I gave them a call.
- When will the open? 'Not sure.'
- Why have they not opened the pool then? 'The tiles ... there are quite a few that need to be fixed ... the contractors that are still busy and we are not sure how long it will take'
- But you have been closed since April? 'Ja, but a lot of people have asked that ... you know how the council works.'
What they have done is paint the outside walls ... orange and green ... why?