26 Sep 2012

Residents fight to keep heated pool for disabled

10:12 am on 26 September 2012

A group of New Plymouth residents are fighting to retain the city's only hot therapy pool catering for the disabled and injured.

The CCS Disability Action pool was shut temporarily in August with maintenance problems bringing forward a planned final closure date of December this year.

At least a dozen people, including physiotherapists and special needs teachers, have asked the city council to help keep the pool operating.

Andrea Fraser from Toucan Taranaki, a residential facility for the severely disabled, says her clients are not able to use the city's regular pool because of their high needs.

Ms Fraser says using the heated pool regularly makes a big difference to their mobility and wellbeing and no other pool in the city provides the level of disability access and privacy needed for the people she works with.