Historian against flushing of toilet block

TUREI MACKEY
Last updated 08:50 20/09/2011
Rosebank Toilets
TUREI MACKEY
COMMUNITY PROJECT: Lisa Truttman wants the old Rosebank Rd toilet block to be refurbished.

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The public loo on Rosebank Rd is no ordinary bog to historian Lisa Truttman.

The Avondale-Waterview Historical Society president says the toilet block is one of the few remaining pieces of the suburb's past. And now she wants to see the site saved and transformed for the community.

In February the facility was damaged by an arson attack that gutted most of the inside of the building.

Last month the Whau Local Board requested a report by council officers looking at the options for replacing the fire-damaged facility.

Chairman Derek Battersby favoured the possibility of selling the toilets' land to help pay for a newer version across the road.

Ms Truttman agrees new public toilets are needed but not at the expense of the 69-year-old building. It had an office at the back that was once home to Plunket.

She's asking people to suggest ideas for what purpose the building could serve in the future.

"I have had some people tell me that turning it into a community art gallery would be a good idea," she says.

"I have no issue with replacing it as a public toilet but do something with it. It may have been seen as just a bog but the building was the old Plunket building and was a gift from past mayor William John Tait."

Mr Battersby says a report to next month's local board meeting by council officers will look at whether the building can be saved.

"The land could be sold off and council would get that income and do something with it. But Lisa puts a good case forward and I do agree with her because community space in Avondale is quite short at the moment. It would be nice to keep it for community use," he says.

Mr Battersby says if the board votes to save the building it will then go out for public consultation.

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