The Kapiti Coast District Council has apologised over the ramp delays at the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre.
And it says it’s ‘ working towards installing the ramp in mid January.’Tamsin Evans, Community Services manager,says: “It is important to realise that is not a simple ramp but a complex piece of equipment.
“The ramp is 15m long, 1.5m wide and made of steel with fibreglass sides. It is modular for easy storage and requires assembly.
Guarantees limited over holidays
“Designers and several suppliers are involved in its manufacture, but can not all guarantee their availability to provide technical support if Council were to install and trial the ramp over the Christmas period,” she says.
“If the pool’s movable floor was damaged during the installation of the ramp,” Ms Evans says, ” we would also require input of the specialist floor manufacturer.”
Ms Evans also says that unfortunate construction delays and operational restraints beyond the Council’s control have led to delays in installing the ramp.
“We regret this and are doing all we can to accelerate the timeframe,” she says. “We are working towards installing the ramp in mid January.”
Council reassures Disabled
Ms Evans adds: “Whilst we are aware some people have been waiting for the ramp, Council can assure users with disabilities that, with the low-rise stairs, two hoists and a built-in ramp into the Pak’nSave programmes pool, the Coastlands Aquatic Centre is fully accessible to all.”