Toilet to benefit Temuka walkway

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by Claire Allison

People enjoying Temuka’s Taumatakahu Stream walkway will soon have somewhere to “go”.

The Timaru District Council is installing a public toilet in Maude St, north of the playground, to service the area.

Temuka councillor Paddy O’Reilly said a member of the public had approached him some years ago about the need for toilet facilities in the area.

“He worked with the elderly, taking them for walks, and discovered that they didn’t want to use the walkway because there was no toilet facility. So I took it to the Temuka Community Board, and it’s progressed from there.”

Council property manager Matt Ambler said a proposal to install a public toilet had been put in the 10-year plan a couple of years ago, and the money was approved. The toilet was ready to install, and the holding tank was on order. As soon as that arrived, an opening date could be announced.

“We’ve put it there for the convenience of the people who want to use that walkway. While there are shops there, you’re prevailing on private enterprise to provide that service, and that’s not always convenient.”

Mr Ambler said the project had come in within the $20,000 budget. The toilet would be included in the public toilets cleaning schedule, and the holding tank would be emptied as required.