Relief for school used as toilet
Relief is in sight for Tarras School, which has been plagued by tourists using the school grounds as a toilet.
It sits beside a popular cafe and shop on State Highway 8 and has no public toilets.
The situation of tourists wandering in and excusing themselves on school grounds had become so bad, pupils were banned from sitting under shade trees on the school grounds because of human excrement.
‘‘I’ve actually seen a woman squatting,’’ teacher Melissa Johnson said. ‘‘It’s [been] a real problem. They [the pupils] have put up with a lot.’’
The school was given the news by Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan that the Government would provide $247,280 towards building toilets.
The decision comes after years of campaigning by pupils, including submitting to the Central Otago District Council’s annual plan and sending letters to Cadogan as soon as he was elected last month, reminding him of their plight.
Exact details were yet to be finalised but it was expected to cost between $380,000 and $550,000 and be complete by June 30 next year.
Cadogan told pupils now that the money had been provided ‘‘it is going to happen’’. Upon hearing the news there was rapturous applause from the school’s 11 children.
Mayor Tim Cadogan, teacher Melissa Johnson and Tarras School pupils celebrate the announcement that public toilets will be built.