Waiting is almost over for town’s new loos
A year-long saga over where to place Putaruru’s loos should end next month when the town gets its new public toilets.
The facilities on Main St were expected to be installed before the end of February.
The toilets replace those removed in December of 2009 from a site on the other side of Main St next to the town’s war memorial.
Those facilities were moved to Tokoroa by South Waikato District Council following widespread complaints about their design and location.
The new toilets will be in a corner of the public car park on Main St. Their siting followed a month of consultation with Putaruru people last year.
The other public toilets in Putaruru, next to the BNZ, were damaged in an arson attack in January 2010.
Mayor Neil Sinclair said no decision had been made on the future of the building that housed the destroyed toilets; the council had not discussed it.
Mr Sinclair said he was surprised he had not received any complaints about the temporary toilets installed by the Putaruru library last year to replace those damaged by arson.
Also, the council had not had any complaints from Tokoroa people about the toilets moved to the town from Putaruru in December 2009.
Mr Sinclair said he had taken queries from Putaruru residents about where tourist buses would stop in the town because accessing the new public toilets could be difficult.
Mr Sinclair said he believed bus drivers would be likely to direct passengers to the toilets in the new food court in the former Putaruru post office building.
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