Plans for a new 24-hour toilet in the Octagon are expected to
be unveiled within months.
Dunedin City Council city property manager Robert Clark
yesterday said talks about a new facility were continuing
with private provider Exeloo, and a report presenting options
would be given to councillors by May.
Potential sites around the Octagon - including inside
buildings or on the street - were being considered for the
toilet, which the company would pay to build and run on a
It would provide several individual stalls for public use day
and night, but the council's existing Municipal Lane toilet
located nearby would continue to operate, he said.
Cr Teresa Stevenson said the option of a free 24-hour toilet
should also be considered, otherwise ''frugal people'' would
continue to make use of nearby bushes.
Mr Clark said that was already being considered and a free
option would also be on the table.
''There will be a number of people who won't want to pay, and
the results will be obvious.''
Mention of the company's name drew hisses from Cr Fliss
Butcher, because of concerns about older designs and
incidents in which customers had found themselves temporarily
locked inside toilets.
However, Mr Clark said the company's newer designs were
''They have come a long way in the last few years . . . [and]
they are a lot more fail-safe than they used to be.''