The letter from Wendy Or on behalf of the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services concerning problems allocating time for public access to indoor swimming pools calls for comment (South China Morning Post, November 8).
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) administers 30 public swimming pool complexes of which only five have heated pools. This is manifestly inadequate for a population of this size. There are not enough heated indoor pools to meet demand.
This problem was caused by a belief in the former Urban Services Department (USD) that 'Hong Kong people don't like to swim in the winter', to quote a USD representative at a Sports Development Board meeting. The solution is to increase the number of indoor heated pools, by converting outdoor pools to indoor pools and adding heating systems. Facilities should be included to allow a swimming club to be based at each pool.
The advantage of clubs is that all their activities are organised by volunteers and a club which has premises becomes a centre of social activity for the community as well as being an organiser of sport.
ROBERT L. WILSON
Hong Kong, China Rowing Association
Urban Services Department
Leisure and Cultural Services Department