New public toilets being considered

It is possible the Central Otago District Council will spend $300,000 on new public toilets at Cromwell.

At a CODC Operations Committee meeting in Alexandra on Wednesday, members resolved to put the money aside for use on public toilet facilities in the 2008 and 2009 financial year.

Cromwell's Lode Lane and Old Cromwell Town public toilet facilities were being reviewed for upgrade in the next year.

Operations committee chairman, CODC councillor and Cromwell Community Board chairman Neil Gillespie said it was likely either of those Cromwell toilet facilities would be upgraded or replaced with the $300,000.

‘‘Every year or two, we have to spend quite a bit of money on the upgrading of public amenities around the district. We had money this financial year to look at the Lode Lane and Old Cromwell Town toilets.

‘‘The Lode Lane toilet upgrade has been held off for now, and the Old Cromwell Town toilet proposal is being progressed. Cromwell is one of the options [for a toilet upgrade] and a likely one but in the meantime there may be other ones [toilets] that may be picked up [by the council for upgrade],'' he said.

The $300,000 was to be borrowed internally by the council, which would cost ratepayers interest, Mr Gillespie said.

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