A new facility for campervan users to dispose of their waste is being considered for the Ashburton urban area.
The Ashburton District Council's Service Delivery Committee today agreed to investigate building a new waste disposal site on the northwest side of East Street, between Walnut Avenue and John Street.
If built, the new facility will replace the public waste disposal site in the Tinwald Domain, by the public toilets and main entrance.
Group Manager Service Delivery Neil McCann said the Council had budgeted $35,000 to upgrade the existing Tinwald facility, but feedback from the Tinwald Reserve Board and the local motorhome association, indicated that constructing a replacement in Ashburton was a better option.
Six alternative locations were identified by the Council and only one - the northwest side of East Street - met all criteria, Mr McCann said. "Council officers will now further investigate this site and produce a detailed design."
If a new facility is built, the Council will be able to apply for "Motorhome Friendly" status for Ashburton, which is expected to encourage extra interest in the district from travellers. It is proposed that the new facility be of a similar standard to the one in Methven, which is able to accommodate campervans up to 12.6 metres long.
The estimated cost of building a new facility will be known after the detailed design has been completed.