Superloo back on public radar
Cambridge i-SITE manager Roger Gordon said he had received a written complaint from a woman about the cleanliness of the afterhours toilet.
The letter said there was blood on the paper, the room smelled. The writer said she had been in Department of Conservation toilets (long drops) which smelled better.
On November 4, an international visitor used the toilet and returned to say he was disappointed as it was covered in faeces.
Gordon’s other concern was that when tour coaches came through, the line for the toilet was extremely long.
‘‘People queue to use the loo and sometimes it can take up to 20 minutes because the other loos aren’t available,’’ he said.
The petition recorded more than 20 signatures while at Jutta Mark’s shop. A few other shop owners made copies of the petition to run at their own stores.
‘‘Lots of women have been using the loo and really grieve for it, is the council run by men with iron bladders?’’ Mark laughed.
She believed the existing facility could be taken over by a charity or subsidised by a grant from a charitable organisation.
Cambridge Community Board chairman Mike Pettit said the matter was discussed at the board’s December meeting.
‘‘The CCB at the December meeting asked for a daily usage count survey to be conducted by the Waipa District Council.
‘‘The results of this we are expecting at the April meeting,’’ she said.
‘‘We have also asked, based on feedback for the two current toilets, to be serviced three times per day which has begun. Based on the data presented we will look at the current situation.’’
Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest said the issue would be discussed at the service delivery committee meeting on Tuesday, March 21, where some data on usage would be presented.
‘‘We’re absolutely keeping an open mind on this and will base any decision we make on facts,’’ he said.
The toilets were now being cleaned three times a day.
The superloo will be open during major events in Cambridge.
Police are searching for a man who punched a 61-year-old Hamilton woman in the face twice after entering her home in late February.
Police have released a sketch of the man, describing him as Maori, chubby and aged in his early 20s.
He has black, scruffy hair - collar length at the back - and he had a distinctive tattoo of a Celtic cross on his neck.
The woman was asleep on the couch at a residence in Dinsdale on Tuesday, February 28. She woke to discover the unknown man in the house.
Finding the person responsible will go a long way to providing the woman with some reassurance, Detective Maree Stevenson said in a statement.
The tattoo cross is described as being silver in colour and filled in, with an outline of a decorative design around the edges.
Anyone with any information call the Hamilton Police station on 07 858 6200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Cambridge superloo service was closed last year. A public toilet at the site remains open for people to use.