Baldwin St no-go zone

A suitable location for a public toilet near Baldwin St is proving hard to find.

The Dunedin City Council and Northeast Valley residents have been investigating possible sites for a public toilet catering for visitors to the world's steepest street.

But the search had been unsuccessful, DCC city property assistant manager Rhonda Abercrombie said.

The nearest public toilet was at Chingford Park, about 1km - or a a 15-minute walk - from Baldwin St.

Another was outside New World supermarket at the Gardens, about 1.6km from Baldwin St, and there were public toilets in the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

''Finding suitable sites for public toilet facilities which ... don't have a major impact on local residents and adjoining property owners is incredibly difficult,'' Mrs Abercrombie said. The council would continue to work to find a solution.

- rosie.manins@odt.co.nz

Quarry Gardens for toilet site

Lily213 is right, it is the logical place.  The owner of the quarry is a reasonable man, very approachable and wanted very much for the gardens to remain as a beautiful feature of the city.  

The small building remaining was the office where trucks and orders and loads were checked.  There used to be a house, the supervisor's house I think, but squatters moved into it so the decision was taken to demolish it.  If anything had happened to them, even though they were there without permission, the quarry company would have been  held responsible.  I knew one of the people who lived in it for a while.  I doubt if plumbing was installed in the little building, but it goes "right past the gate" so to speak so should not be expensive to take to a toilet building inside the fence.  The owner could possibly ask for reduction in "can't do" that has blocked all initial ideas he had for development to offset his costs. [abridged]

Quarry Gardens would have been ideal

The Quarry Gardens are right across the road and would have been an ideal place for toilets. I think there is even a small building at the entrance already.

It is a real shame those beautiful, exciting gardens went into private ownership and have been left to become overgrown and weedy. I always thought it would have made perfect sense for the DCC to own and run the gardens, as they are across from Baldwin St, which is essentially not that much of an exciting thing to visit, especially if you don't walk up. 

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