As time runs out for people to comment on the council's plans for the new leisure facilities to replace the crumbling Westminster Lodge, I am in two minds about the pool issue.
Protesters, who even have their own (rather swish) website, say it is crazy to spend £25 million on a pool that will only have room for nine extra swimmers. The proposed one would be shorter, but wider, than the current one. 25 metres (ooh look - a million quid a metre) is half olympic length, and standard for small competitions.
With Bricket Wood pool closing and the population of St Albans expanding, it would seem sensible to build a bigger pool. The current one already reaches capacity sometimes. But at what cost? No-one seems to be able to put forward a figure for the alternative. It seems the only other size possible would be full-size Olympic 50m, which would presumably add many millions to the cost.
If that extra money comes out of council budgets for social services, transport improvements and housing, I'm not sure it would be worth it. The council are already talking about borrowing £19 million for the project, which they'll be paying back with interest of course.