Su­per­loo back on pub­lic radar

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - EMMA JAMES

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.

PHOTO: EMMA JAMES

The Cam­bridge su­per­loo ser­vice was closed last year. A pub­lic toi­let at the site re­mains open for peo­ple to use.

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