Toi­let pro­posal now on shelf

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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