Ohingaroa toilet consent lodged

The Marlborough District Council is to file a resource consent application to install a public toilet on the reserve at Ohingaroa Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

The application will be notified, which means it will be advertised for public submissions.

Councillors at the council's full meeting on Thursday afternoon approved a staff application for resource consent for a public toilet, revoking an earlier decision to "lie the application on the table".

Assets and services committee chairman Councillor Graham Taylor said the earlier decision was made to enable councillors to meet Ohingaroa Bay residents and deal with concerns.

The application would be heard by an independent commissioner, not councillors, he said. There is division between residents about the need for a public toilet.

Councillor David Oddie said anyone could put their views on the toilet to an independent commissioner. Mayor Alistair Sowman said it was the fairest way to deal with it.

The foreshore reserve at Ohingaroa Bay was a popular stop-off location for travellers using Kenepuru Rd, as it was near the water and the same distance from Blenheim or Havelock. The location is used by camper van passengers and day-trippers.

The Marlborough Express