Better, but not flushed with success

Timaru public toilets seem to be scrubbing up a bit better since complaints to the council.

Timaru District Council received eight formal complaints between the end of last and the start of this month in relation to the public toilets at Strathallan and Station streets.

A quick visit to four public toilet facilities in Timaru yesterday afternoon revealed mostly clean toilets with the odd bowl not flushed.

A couple visiting from Christchurch found the Strathallan St block clean and they were grateful soap was available, but the baby change table was in need of a "good clean".

The loos at Caroline Bay by the skating rink had harsh toilet paper and no soap. Though clean, the women's toilet is around the back of the block and felt a little too far from the car park for a child to feel safe.

At the conveniences at the bottom of the Port Loop it was the messy car park that caused consternation, with discarded half-eaten pizzas strewn around and easily stood in. The unisex toilets looked clean but the cubicles smelt like urine.

Another visitor said though it did not smell good or flush well "it's better than using the bushes".

Possibly the most popular block is at the Railway Station near the i-site visitor centre. The facilities are well lit, clean and have fans to blow away any unpleasant odours. With white plastic seats they seemed the most appealing of the four assessed.

The only downside was a sign on the building warning patrons and potential vandals of a surveillance camera - but exactly how much attention does one need to take a leak?

The Timaru Herald