New toilets for Win­ton and Dip­ton

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - MARY WITSEY

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.

MARY WITSEY

Te Anau Earth­works sub­con­trac­tors John Labruyere and Mike Tay­lor work­ing on the new pub­lic toi­let.

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