A toilet block costing more than half a million dollars is an example of Auckland Council's out-of-control spending, a concerned ratepayer says.
The 131 square metre, six toilet facility at Sunnynook Park includes changing rooms and has a $572,000 budget. It will replace an existing block.
Barry Malton says a system to harvest rain for toilet flushing will push the overall project cost to around $600,000. Mr Malton says a government website states it costs about $1700 per square metre to build a house.
"Now Auckland city is going to spend $600,000 of ratepayers' funds on a 131sqm toilet block which works out at $4580 a square metre," he says.
Auckland Council parks manager Martin van Jaarsveld says the cost of the rainwater system may be incorporated into the budget of $572,000 but that will be confirmed during the detailed design process.
The existing toilet block is poorly located and not easily visible to passers-by or residents, he says.
"It does not meet recommended Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles, both in terms of crime protection and accessibility."
Resource consent was granted in July which included the requirement for rainwater harvesting with two tanks and a pumping filtration system. Construction begins in 2012-13.
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