Spend­ing a penny is do­ing busi­ness for Bill

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH

The two dif­fer­ent signs on the door of Prescott’s Garage in Hikuai turned out to be prophetic — “Coro­man­del Mustdo’s” and “Toi­let this way”.

On a turnoff on the Coro­man­del Surf High­way, garage owner Bill Prescott sells up to 100 pies a day and has a stream of driv­ers fill­ing up on the well-priced gas, but it’s the toi­let that is the real at­trac­tion.

“It gets so much use all the time. It’s ba­si­cally the first set of toi­lets af­ter Bom­bay. We have had to lock it up at night be­cause of dam­age, and peo­ple clam­ber through the win­dow to get in be­cause you can see their foot­prints on the cis­tern. If you go around the back you can see where some of them didn’t make it,” he says.

They may not be par­tic­u­larly flash, but the pop­u­lar­ity of these pri­vately-owned and main­tained dun­nies have prompted Bill to ask for help.

He wrote to the Thamescoro­man­del Dis­trict Coun­cil’s lo­cal com­mu­nity board to see if the Coun­cil could stump up with some of the costs to­ward clean­ing them out more of­ten.

“There’s 15,000lt of wa­ter go­ing through a month and we’ve got to look af­ter them and main­tain them, but the sep­tic tanks are work­ing to ca­pac­ity.”

Bill calls Bob’s Take­aways in Whi­tianga for that job.

“We have two mas­sive sep­tic tanks that we get cleaned out ev­ery cou­ple of months but I’m try­ing to get some help from the coun­cil with a cou­ple of cleans dur­ing the re­ally busy times of the year.

“We get the tour buses com­ing in and now the new cy­cle trail from Pauanui is com­ing past here, and they’ve put these toi­lets on as the toi­lets that’ll be used for the trail.” Bill prob­a­bly didn’t help his own cause when he put up a sign out­side his toi­lets that read: “Last Dunny for 300 miles”. When that was stolen, peo­ple still kept com­ing.

“It’s a great place to stop for gas and the pies are good. I’m just wait­ing to hear back from the Coun­cil about the sep­tic tank clean­ing.”

PHOTO/ ALI­SON SMITH

Bill Prescott sells up to a hun­dred pies a day and has a stream of driv­ers fill­ing up on the well-priced gas, but it’s the toi­let that is the real at­trac­tion.

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