Toilet proposal now on shelf
Proposed public toilets at Clarence, which have been on the cards for some time, will be shelved until next year.
The Clarence community had been in discussion with the Kaikoura District Council over installing a public convenience to eliminate waste along the state highway corridor from freedom campers.
A preferred site was earmarked for the old hall site, west of the weighbridge, between the old cemetery and Kauri Tree Reserve. The site already has water and electricity supply and it was thought this would be the best option.
However, upon further discussion with the council engineer and consideration of the proposal by the East Coast Community Organisation, it has been agreed that there are higher priorities further down the coast at Sandy Bay, Paparoa Pt and Ohau Pt.
Although keen to eliminate some of the environmental hazards posed by the existing freedom camping population, some Clarence residents felt by installing a toilet, council would in effect be creating a campground.
Increased visitor numbers to Ohau Pt since the seal pup waterfall had gained popularity seemed to give greater need for facilities in that area so this and other more frequented sites will now be considered ahead of Clarence.
The proposal, which costed the work at $30,000, will now be carried forward into council’s 2014/ 2015 Annual Plan.