public toilet will be constructed beside the Pisa Moorings boat ramp, by the stand of trees near the lakeshore. Photo by Lynda van Kempen.
A public toilet will be constructed at Pisa Moorings but it
took 90 minutes of submissions and discussion yesterday,
followed by a site visit, before the location was agreed
The single unisex toilet in Dustin Park will be sited right
beside the boat ramp, by the stand of mature trees, the
Clutha Management Committee decided.
The issue had attracted 36 submissions, 28 in favour of the
toilet, seven opposed and one neutral.
The construction cost, about $100,000, will be funded from
the Clyde Dam Amenity Fund which was set up for lakeshore
The maintenance, power and cleaning costs, about $5000, will
be funded by ratepayers.
Owners of houses near the boat ramp raised concerns about
whether the facility was needed, the possibility of it
attracting litter, and the visual impact of it.
Several submitters were worried it would encourage freedom
camping in the area. Freedom camping could be controlled and
was an issue already being addressed, committee member Steve
Committee members rejected the original site proposed for the
toilet, near the children's playground, and decided a
location nearer the boat ramp would be less visually
''You can put it anywhere, and for someone it will be in the
wrong place,'' committee member and Cromwell Community Board
chairman Neil Gillespie said.
Alan Benington, of Pisa Moorings, told the committee there
was clear support for the toilet and ''no toilet is not an
''There is past history of an anti-community faction getting
its own way and this needs to stop,'' he said. Jeff Hill, of
Alexandra, was the only committee member to vote against the
construction of the toilet and said he was not convinced of
the need for it - ''it's more infrastructure, and more