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8/07/2016 12:00 a.m.
The new modern public toilet block installed at the Hinds Domain near SH 1 is proving popular and providing valuable relief for travellers and locals.
Ashburton Open Spaces Manager Dave Askin said the three unisex cubicles, one of which is wheelchair accessible, were installed by the domain entrance in Isleworth Road, less than 50 metres from State Highway 1 earlier this year and their popularity has even led to some minor parking congestion from time to time.
"We have strong evidence to show the toilets are being well used and are pleased we were able to open them in time for some of the busy summer season," Mr Askin said.
"We are, however, asking the public to remain vigilant and report any vandalism, graffiti or other damage to the toilets to Council so we can keep the facility in good condition," Mr Askin said.
"It is disappointing to discover Council property being vandalised so we are asking the public to let us know if they see anything suspicious in relation to any Council property," Mr Askin added.
While installing the water, sewer and power for the new toilets, Council took the opportunity to upgrade the water reticulation system in the domain which over the years had been causing headaches with water leaks. The sewage system for the toilet has also been designed to cater for the new fire shed and rugby changing rooms.