Queen St toilets maintained for $1600
About $1600 had been spent on urgent repairs and maintenance on the Queen St public toilets in Blenheim during the past six months, Marlborough District Council assets and services manager Mark Wheeler says.
In addition to that, paint had been touched-up when the toilets were covered in graffiti, as the council had a policy of immediate covering over of graffiti on public buildings, he said.
The toilets have been demolished because of the pocket park development and a review of public toilet design for safety and other reasons. The toilets had not been painted since the 2010-11 financial year, he said.
The repairs needed during the past six months included replacing a broken toilet bowl, fixing a couple of broken doors and smashed locks.
Mr Wheeler said those repairs had been needed to keep the public toilets operating. "It was just essential repairs and maintenance to keep the place running."
The toilet block may have had paint touch-ups to cover graffiti, he said.
The council's policy was to cover graffiti on public buildings as soon as possible otherwise it encouraged more graffiti.
"The fact that it was coming down doesn't come into it - it gets done."
Some of the fittings of the Queen St toilets are to be recycled and used in the new public toilet that will be built in the Davidson Place park.
That park is expected to be finished by Christmas.
- The Marlborough Express