Pointless breaks

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 12:00am

I refer to Choy Chi-Mun's letter, for the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (South China Morning Post, September 17), concerning swimming pool opening hours.

I wish the Leisure and Cultural Services Department would start putting the public first, when it comes to sorting out priorities, rather than its operations or swimming clubs. The sessional breaks in the afternoon and evening are a big nuisance for users of public pools.

I would hope that, given that there has been general progress throughout our society, the pools could function without these break. We had such breaks in the past and then they were scrapped. So, why have they been brought back? Mr Choy said swimming clubs could use the pools during these breaks. If that is the case, then there is clearly no need to close the pool for cleaning.

If swimming clubs are allowed in during the breaks and swimmers are not, surely this is double standards. If the pool needs to be vacated for a clean, then there should not be any swimmers in there, regardless of their swimming club membership. If the pool does not need to be vacated for cleaning, why are members of the public being inconvenienced? I would like the department to respond.