Bust­ing to use the new pub­lic com­fort sta­tion

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - LIU CHEN

The long-awaited new pub­lic toi­lets for How­ick have landed at their Moore Street site and are ex­pected to be put to use soon.

They’re sit­u­ated where the old loos were, at the en­trance to the vil­lage car park.

On the walls of the new toi­let block are black and white his­tor­i­cal photos of How­ick, which makes it dis­tinc­tive from the re­main­ing red brick build­ing.

Once opened, it will have two ac­ces­si­ble uni­sex cu­bi­cles, elec­tronic door lock­ing, and time­con­trolled au­to­mated af­ter-hours clo­sure.

The fi­nal de­ci­sion about the new toi­lets was made by the How­ick Lo­cal Board in Septem­ber last year, ac­cord­ing mem­ber Jim Don­ald.

A sign on the fence says the con­struc­tion works started in Au­gust and were an­tic­i­pated to be com­pleted in Septem­ber.

Although it has been de­layed and the costs are ‘‘now over $230,000’’, Don­ald is pleased to see progress.

‘‘We have been want­ing this toi­let for six and a half years.

‘‘The pho­to­graphs of Pic­ton Street look good and will add to the am­bi­ence of How­ick.’’

The old toi­lets were closed in 2009 by the Auck­land Coun­cil be­cause of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Com­mu­nity groups have since been lob­by­ing for the re­open­ing of the fa­cil­ity to meet the needs of the busy vil­lage and its pa­trons. to board

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There will be pub­lic fire­works dis­plays across Auck­land that are a fun, safe en­vi­ron­ment for the fam­ily to en­joy dur­ing the Guy Fawkes pe­riod.

LIU CHEN / STUFF

Peo­ple will soon be able to re­lieve them­selves at the new toi­lets.

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