Unisex toilets planned for gardens

A unisex toilet block is being planned for the Oamaru public gardens, part of a Waitaki District Council strategy to upgrade public toilets and close some.

The council last year produced a toilet strategy that proposed closing four public toilets in Oamaru. But after public opposition, the council decided to close the public toilets in the Oamaru gardens only after they had been replaced with new ones.

Now, a plan for a new public toilet block costing between $118,000 and $128,000 next to the Chelmer St car park and children's playground will go to the council's committee of the whole at its meeting on Tuesday.

Community services manager Thunes Cloete said funding was already available through a $448,000 loan approved as part of the toilet strategy.

The new block would have three unisex toilets and replace the existing toilet block next to the gardens yard and headquarters.

The design of the new block was "a classy, simple economical building fitting with the location and scale of the environment", he said.

The architecture drew on the historical "red sheds" at the Oamaru harbour. Red corrugated iron was used on the exterior, which reduced cost but still fitted into its location.


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