Council acts on Shellharbour pool peeping problem

Cr John Murray and Steve Doyle discuss the finer points of the re-design at Saturday's protest event. The pool-facing doors (pictured) have been blocked off as part of an early stage of the works, creating unforseen problems. Picture: Angela Thompson
Cr John Murray and Steve Doyle discuss the finer points of the re-design at Saturday's protest event. The pool-facing doors (pictured) have been blocked off as part of an early stage of the works, creating unforseen problems. Picture: Angela Thompson

Shellharbour council will reinstate the old entryways to the amenities block at Beverley Whitfield pool after residents raised concerns about loss of privacy.  

Upgrade works to the building were called to a halt on Tuesday, following an inspection by council staff.

The decision came after pool-users met on-site on Saturday to protest the works, which necessitated moving the pool-facing entryways to the northern (women’s) and southern (men’s) ends of the building.

The change unintentionally provided passers-by with a clear view into the women’s changing space, and meant anyone wanting to use the women’s toilets had to first walk past the open plan showers.

About 60 people join Saturday's protest. Picture: Robert Peet

About 60 people join Saturday's protest. Picture: Robert Peet

Council staff would now prepare an alternate design which addressed the location of access ways and any potential privacy issues, Mayor Marianne Saliba said. 

Preliminary plans would be shared with councillors and interested parties before being further developed, the mayor added. 

“We’re confident this can be achieved with a re-working of the amenities building design.”

The building contractor has advised the previous entrances would be re-open to the community by the end of this week, with the newly-created doorways closed up.