Wait­ing is al­most over for town’s new loos

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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.

SING­ING SUC­CESS: Keinan Ngapo with the tro­phies he won at the Blen­heim Gourmet Par­adise Mu­sic Awards.

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