26/06/2019 3:00:00 p.m.
Ed Garforth from Laser Plumbing on-site
26 June 2019
Work has begun on construction of a new public toilet on Victoria Avenue in Block Four, between Guyton and Ingestre Streets in Whanganui. The single unisex toilet will be wheelchair accessible.
Town Centre Regeneration Chairwoman, Councillor Helen Craig, says “speaking to retailers directly gave me a good sense that we needed a new toilet facility in Block Four, so it’s great to have the building work underway.
“Visitors often park in Block Four when they arrive in the CBD and retailers are frequently asked to provide toilets for them, so this initiative has a lot of support from surrounding businesses.”
Cr Craig says ideally every block should have access to a public toilet, as young children, pregnant women and the elderly need to have quick and easy access to facilities.
“The cost factor of installation and regular servicing makes it difficult to provide toilets in every block, but this is a step in the right direction.”
Mainstreet General Manager, Des Warahi, says the new public toilet is a good example of the Whanganui District Council, the Town Centre Regeneration Committee and Mainstreet Whanganui listening to business owners and the public and collaborating to solve an issue.
“A space where a single toilet could fit became available when the eftpos machine that was previously located there was removed.
“This is another collaborative project that makes our town centre an even better place for locals and visitors to work, shop, live and enjoy”.
Town Centre Regeneration Project Manager, Ellen Young, says once the toilet is built it will have a design by local artist and designer Cecelia Kumeroa applied to it.
“The Town Centre Regeneration Committee puts a lot of thought and energy into the beautification of our town centre, so we’re pleased to be able to install a toilet facility that will fit well into our CBD and showcase the work of one of our local artists.”
The new toilet is expected to be completed within three weeks and there will be minimal, if any, disruption to the public during this time.