| mickcooke wrote:|
Yes, believe it or not, I am not setting up a leisure park with wave machines, slides and thousands of visitors. I am talking about a straight forward 10x5 in my back garden for use by my family, our friends and a few guests we have staying at our two gites.
If I am reading correctly, you are saying is that there is only one set of regs and they are aimed primarily at large public pools but are ambiguous enough to suggest that they might apply to gites. Is that so? Is there no regs at all aimed specifically at small time gite owners?
Panda - thanks very much for your illuminating contributions. I would very much like to talk to your friends who have gites and get first hand info from them on this subject. Could you post an email address or phone number? If not could you forward my email address on to them and ask them to contact me.
I am not at all sure that the real situation concerning compliance has been made clear, and perhaps for the 'last word' on the matter you should actually contact your local DDASS inspector. In the mean time, so far as I read the regs what's important is the definition of a 'public pool' for its only these that the DDASS are concerned about. Cutting through the volume of verbage, it comes down to any pool or aquatic facility where the public is charged for its use, or more than one family at a time. The later part of that is confusing and unclear so for the time being I suugest that you ignore it untill its clarified by them. Now loking at the former where a proprieter is charging for the use of the pool then this would seem to included ALL, and ANY Gite installations large, small or otherwise. (the fact that Panda and his mates want to laugh at the regs is beside the point, we all know that its the 'culture' here)
Now the reality is what determines what you decide to do, which is that there are over 35,000 Gites in France, not counting Hotels, campings, Chamdre D'hote, Municiplals most of whom have pools. The DDASS simply do not have the staff to get around and test them all each month. So you can see the reason why some owners have never seen an inspector and probably never will, but that in no way excuses them from complaince with the regs. For those that do not comply will get into a significantly difficult position should a matter of public health be investigated after the fact. Shoud they be found at fault then, so far as my experience with that position goes, they are immediately closed for use by the public, then the investigation runs its course and the consquence are dealt out. Meantime the pool proprieter will loose the use of a very valuable asset and suffer the embarrassment of explaining to guests why they cannot use the pool that was advertised.
If you want to take advise from other gite owners then go ahead by all means but please recognise that they are not the people making the rules, and most of them certinaly do not abide by them.I beleive its the DDASS that you should be taking to and sooner rather than later bearing in mind the plans you have for an Aqualtic park - which certainly sound significant enough to come under their gaze and therefore certain to be inspected regularly.