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by Chris Tobin

Ed Sheeran shows in Dunedin proved too much for St Andrews’ toilet facilities.

Waimate District Council chief executive Stuart Duncan said the matter came to light when a tour of inspection was made of the district’s main streets.

“It was reported the high number of visitors to the St Andrews campground toilet by the travelling public heading to the Ed Sheeran concerts placed a huge demand on the facilities.

“The gravity-fed cisterns were too slow to recharge.”

Travellers to Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Dunedin put pressure on toilets in St Andrew’s. PHOTO: ODT

Mr Duncan said in his report to Tuesday’s council meeting that the problem was being rectified with a new pressure pump installed “to improve visitor comfort.”

Mr Duncan said the “walks” were part of an internal audit.

Other work was identified in the walks, Mr Duncan said: Green colonial lights at the pedestrian crossing opposite the old Post Office in Waimate will be rewired and the lamps cleaned; greater attention would be given to cleaning footpaths in Waimate and township streets at springtime and at the end of summer; and public seating would be cleaned and refurbished.

Mr Duncan said the council was working with NZTA to provide more visually appealing gardens under the Waimate and other township entranceway signs.

“The above list is just examples and we may ask why these assets have not been adequately maintained and now need special attention,” Mr Duncan said

“The simple answer is it is due to the shifting of funding, resources and priorities year-on-year.

“Waimate council is not unique and you will find a bunch of tired assets in most towns and districts.”