Kick­ing up a stink over the state of toi­lets

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

COTTES­LOE Beach vis­i­tor Richard Krei­der came for lunch and a swim but left with mem­o­ries of urine stench and wrecked toi­lets un­der the In­di­ana Restau­rant.

“A smell of urine per­me­ated out to the snack counter and the place had prac­ti­cally been van­dalised,” Mr Krei­der (61) said.

He said he, his wife and her daugh­ter vis­it­ing from Hong Kong, had lunch at the restau­rant on Fe­bru­ary 25 and used the men’s and women’s toi­lets be­fore a swim. They found graf­fiti and toi­let pa­per “ev­ery­where”, a need for new toi­let seats and floors with dirty pud­dles in the public fa­cil­i­ties.

“What on earth do th­ese peo- ple think of us when we can­not pro­vide a de­cent hy­gienic stan­dard of chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties at this beach?” Mr Krei­der said

How­ever, he ac­knowl­edged some of the restau­rant’s clean­ing ef­forts af­ter see­ing staff hos­ing down the women’s toi­lets.

The toi­lets are the re­spon­si­bil- ity of the restau­rant, which has to deal with high-vol­ume use, of­ten by teenagers from out­side the area, and regular van­dal­ism.

A restau­rant spokesman said it was an on­go­ing is­sue but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said: “We can’t just go in there and clean the toi­lets as their cur­rent lease goes be­yond the build­ing’s walls.”

Mrs Dawkins said coun­cil was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing more per­ma­nent toi­lets, us­ing money from sale of the Town’s works de­pot.

Por­ta­ble toi­lets were in­stalled for Sculp­ture by the Sea and would be brought in for busy week­ends and hot pe­ri­ods.

Richard Krei­der.

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