All going to plan, a new public convenience facility will be up and running near Kaiaua’s pirate playground in time for summer.
More than 80 responses
Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says the Council asked the community for feedback on two proposed locations for the facility in April and received more than 80 responses.
“Overall, we heard that having public toilets in the area near the pirate ship playground makes more sense than putting them in the overnight parking area at the Kaiaua end of the Hauraki Rail Trail north of Kaiaua township,” he said.
“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.”
He said there is also more space to plant screening plants to help the facility blend 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.
Review in 2022
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 Mayor says 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.
“The message we did hear loud and clear is that the community doesn’t want public conveniences located in the overnight parking area north of the town, and we’ve taken that on board,” he said.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts
“Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. It’s great to see so much interest and enthusiasm in local issues like this, it really helps us with our decision making.”