Council announces date for long-awaited pool rampBy Alan Tristram
After months of controversy and delays, the Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) has just announced a date for the opening of the ramp at the new Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu.
The KCDC says it will be installed with an appropriate ceremony on 7 February, 2014.
Earlier in the week, a senior national figure in the disability field refused to accept the Council’s explanation for the delay in installing the ramp at the new Kapiti Aquatic Centre. (Original plans included a ramp to be installed at the pool for the opening in August)
Paul Curry, president of the Wellington Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Trust Board, said REACT ( Ramp Equal Action Coalition Team ) wanted action immediately at the Coastlands Aquatic Centre in Paraparaumu.
He said that, unless the Kapiti Council acted now, disabled children — and others– would suffer during the coming holiday period.
Soon afterwards, the council released an architect’s report explaining the delays thus:
“Architecture HDT, Ltd says the ramp being constructed for the main pool at Coastlands Aquatic Centre is a complex design and build project requiring fibreglass and metalwork contractors to bring their particular expertise to the detailed design of the ramp components.
“The complexity of the fibreglass structural design and the short supply of fibreglass components has required the contractor to outsource the structural design and construction of the fibreglass panels to a specialist Christchurch company. This has resulted in some unforeseen delays.
“Further, it was originally thought that off-the-shelf components could be modified, but because of the harsh pool environment and the fact the ramp components need to fit together exactly, they have to be custom-made. This has meant that construction has taken longer than expected.”
And it assured the public the design and construction teams wewre doing their best to deliver the new ramp as soon as possible.