Pool not cleaner

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 September, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 September, 2000, 12:00am

I refer to the letters of Angela Lok ('New public pool hours a flop', South China Morning Post, August 26) and K. Walker ('Forcing swimmers to pay double', Post, September 11) and I agree with them.

This so-called new policy where the opening hours of public swimming pools are divided into three sessions, is a backward step.

I think Leisure and Cultural Services Department officers should have a re-think. They should try and determine:

Whether this policy has been generally welcomed by customers.

Whether the department's objectives of pool and changing room cleaning can be achieved within each one-hour break.

Whether such objectives can be achieved through other arrangements, or through the use of modern technology.

I regularly swim at the Kowloon Tsai Park pool and since the new policy was introduced, the changing rooms and the water in the pool, do not appear to be any cleaner than they were when the pool remained open without interruptions. This new arrangement is inconvenient for pool users. It is not customer-oriented.

I would like to make one further point.

I have found that a number of people in the Kowloon Tsai pool complex ignore the no-smoking rules around the pool and in the changing rooms.

I wish staff members at the pool would crack down on these selfish smokers who are, after all, disobeying a government ordinance.