New toilets for Winton and Dipton
About $130,000 is being spent on two new public toilets in Southland.
Installation work is currently under way at both Winton and Dipton, with each project valued about $65,000.
Southland District Council community engineer Leighton Hare said more visitors, tourists and growing numbers of people out and about in both areas had prompted the expenditure.
‘‘There’s been a demand in Winton with the new walking track, which is proving very popular, along with Ivy Russell being a park. In Dipton there’s been quite a demand for a toilet.
‘‘It’s at the crossroads for Mossburn and Lumsden and local businesses have always faced quite a demand for toilet services.’’
He believed the installations would be welcomed by both com- munities. ’’We’ve only had positive comments.
‘‘In Winton there’ve been lots of people commenting on what a good idea it is.’’
The toilets would be operational during the day, but would be locked at night.
‘‘Vandalism is always on the horizon . . . we just hope that it doesn’t happen.’’
The Winton toilet was being installed at the Ivy Russell car park, while the Dipton toilet would be located in the town.
Winton Community Board chairman John McHugh said the board was pleased the new toilet was finally being installed.
‘‘It’s very positive.
‘‘I’m sure it will be an asset to the town, with many visitors and walkers on the track finding it a convenient facility to have in place.’’
It was anticipated the toilets would be operational by mid-July.
The walking track in Winton was opened in 2014.
It was a three-year project spearheaded by Lachie McGregor with support from the Winton Rotary Club.
The 9km walkway around Winton crosses several private properties and opens up scenic parts of the town which might not otherwise be experienced.
Winton has also experienced a surge of people through the town as cyclists make the town a popular stop at the weekends.
Te Anau Earthworks subcontractors John Labruyere and Mike Taylor working on the new public toilet.