X marks the spot for public toilets in Kaiaua
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Posted June 03, 2021
Council Matters ,
All going to plan, a new public convenience facility will be up and running near Kaiaua’s pirate playground in time for summer.
When Hauraki District Council asked the community for feedback on two proposed locations for the facility more than 80 responses were received.
The community sent a loud and clear message that they don’t want public conveniences located in the overnight parking area north of the town, so council has taken that on board, agreeing that having public toilets in the area near the pirate ship playground makes more sense than putting them in the overnight parking area north of Kaiaua township.
“We agree this is the best spot because it would be accessible to more people, including users of the playground, visitors to the Pink Store, and travellers stopping to stretch their legs,” Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams said.
The preferred location also provides more space to plant screening plants helping to blend the facility into the natural landscape and it would only be a short walk for people staying or picnicking in the overnight parking area to use it.
Other feedback considered as part of the decision making included some requests for other options, such as having public toilets at two sites to cater for visitors and locals. The possibility of reopening the public toilets in the area near the boat club was also raised.
The toilets in the boat club area are permanently closed to the public because the site is wāhi tapu, but the council will do a review of all public toilets in the area in 2022 to make sure they’re catering for everyone.
Photos: Hauraki District Council