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A planned return of Dunedin's iconic Star Fountain outside the Dunedin Railway Station appears doomed, after health and safety concerns for a nearby cycle lane, and e-scooter riders, stymied the idea.
Trials have been under way on Anzac Square with original piping and other equipment from the fountain that once graced the lower Octagon laid in flower beds to check it still worked.
A council spokeswoman said the trial had been "extremely successful".
Lighting from the original fountain had been retained, and worked well decades after it was removed.
A report to the council released after the trial said the fountain would enhance the tourism package Dunedin offered, and result in major economic benefits to the city.
It noted the constant calls from residents over the years to bring back the popular attraction.
A report, put together by Dutch consultancy Larpi Stirf, said winds experienced in the area would push spray from the fountain too close to the $8million cycle lane in Castle St.
That could make it slippery, and expose riders to potential danger.
There may also be negative effects on e-scooter riders.
Rerouting the cycle lane, which runs past the site of the new Dunedin Hospital, was considered too expensive.
The council had decided to melt down the pipes and other equipment that made up the fountain to end decades of contentious debate on the issue.
The spokeswoman said with the equipment no longer available for the fountain's return, residents would probably move on to some other "feeble debate".
The destruction of the pipes in a large council furnace would occur at noon today, along with a private ceremony for councillors.
The metal would be repurposed for cycle stands and other cycling infrastructure, which would be installed on former car parks.