Local questions safety of pool wind break work

QUESTIONS: Local David Allenberg has a background in engineering and has questioned the safety of the wind break work at the Glen Innes pool.

QUESTIONS: Local David Allenberg has a background in engineering and has questioned the safety of the wind break work at the Glen Innes pool.

A Glen Innes resident who has a background in engineering has questioned work at the local pool and called it unsafe.

David Allenberg said in his opinion the acrylic clear sheeting work at the pool has been installed incorrectly and may not meet basic engineering standards.

“The whole way the sheets have been installed I believe is incorrect as there is no allowance for expansion,” he said.

“It is my opinion that clear sheeting like that was never designed to be sandwich clamped, the reason the plastic insert for the sheeting is of that design is to allow movement.

“My main concern is if the sheeting comes loose and drops to the ground it could perhaps hit someone.”

Mr Allenberg said he believes the installation of the clear sheeting to the steel pillars has delivered a workplace and public space hazard.

“There are loose bolts, and bolts that appear to not be accessible should anything happen to the one sheet,” he said.

Mr Allenberg said he thinks the design is lacking future vision.

“The design and placement of the screens mean that at a later date the screens cannot be used in their current position for a roof to be placed over the pool for an all year round facility,” he said.

Cr Andrew Parsons said the council should investigate Mr Allenberg’s claims.

“I would imagine that council would like to review the work and invite the contractor and the manufacturer of the product to that review,” he said.

Council Director of Development, Planning and Regulatory Services Graham Price said the pool windbreak was designed and certified by an independent certified structural engineer and in close consultation with the glass supplier.  

“I have requested the structural engineers to investigate the allegations made by Mr Allenberg,” he said.

“They will either provide a certification of completion if they are satisfied with the job or details of what work is required to be carried out to rectify any defects. “

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