Paeroa Domain public toilets will be reopened between 6am and 9pm every day from today.
The toilets were closed for general business a few months ago and people were encouraged to use the toilets in the nearby new library. However, following feedback from the community and ongoing monitoring, the Council has changed its tune.
“Over the last four months we’ve received a substantial amount of feedback requesting the toilets be reopened seven days a week. We’ve also noticed operational issues at the library toilets due to the increased use,” says Paeroa Ward Chair Paul Milner. “We’ve listened to the community and we agree that overall the closure, while exploring one option, hasn’t been as effective as we’d hoped.”
He says while the Domain toilets work well for events when there are a lot of people around, they are prone to vandalism at other times, due to their design and internal layout. The cost of repairing vandalism adds substantially to the $15,000 to $20,000 annual general maintenance expenses. A proposed solution was to replace them with an Exeloo type facility, but this came with an estimated price tag of around $190,000.
“As always, our intention is to provide the right level of service in the most cost-effective way, and redirecting users to the new library toilets was seen as a cost-effective alternative to the planned replacement of the Domain toilet block,” he said. “However, the community has given us some really good feedback on why this is not a workable solution.”
He says reopening the Domain toilets is a sensible decision, and the Council will now work the community to explore other options and look at the location of public toilets across the whole town.