I REFER to the letter headlined, ''Revise lunch time arrangements'' by your correspondent, Mr D. L. Hall (South China Morning Post, April 30).
This maintenance closure of the Morrison Hill Swimming Pool began on March 15 and was scheduled to continue until June 30.
This year, the closure is slightly longer than usual since remedial work to the seriously leaking roof of the building is required.
To minimise inconvenience to users, the closure period is staggered out in two phases.
The teaching pool was closed from March 15 to April 30, whereas the whole pool is closed from the first of this month to June 30.
The actual maintenance of the whole pool involves repair to floor tiles, changing rooms, toilets and the filtration plant room.
Partial opening of the pool during the works period is not advisable since it could prolong the closure period and create potential hazards to users.
The session break from 11 am to 1 pm is essential to allow cleaning work to be carried out and manning staff to take turns to have their lunch.
According to our observations, the pool is not extremely congested when it reopens at 1 pm. However, your correspondent's suggestion has been noted and the situation will be kept under review.
Finally, your reader may be pleased to note that four bills validators will be introduced at Morrison Hill Swimming Pool for turnstile admission when it reopens on July 1.
J. T. LEUNG Regional Leisure Manager (Hongkong East) for Director of Urban Services