New toilets will be built in Leslie Park by November.
New toilets will be built in Leslie Park by November. Carly Rees

Leslie Park loos location chosen

THE new Leslie Park loos are one step closer to completion after council decided yesterday on their location.

The existing toilet block, which is adjacent to the bowls club, is being replaced due to ongoing maintenance and security issues.

A new block, with four standard unisex and one disabled toilet, will be built on the Guy Street side of the park.

State Government is funding $51,480 out of the $179,481 needed for the project with council picking up the rest.

When initially suggested, the band rotunda was the preferred location of the facilities but it was deemed too expensive due to depth and location of sewers.

At yesterday’s engineering services meeting, director of engineering Peter See said they hadn’t experienced too many problems at the toilet block beside the bowls club but that it was potentially a safety issue due to the lack of visibility.

“In terms of crime prevention, it’s an absolute no-no that it should be there,” he said.

The new location in the south western corner of the park was chosen as it would still be convenient for users of the playground as well as being more accessible from the street.

The engineering department confirmed Warwick Police had been consulted in the process and were happy with the location.

Mayor Ron Bellingham endorsed the recommendation as it provided toilet blocks at each end of the park instead of two together.

Cr Neil Meiklejohn asked Mr See to ensure users of the forthcoming Liberty Swing will have all-weather access to the disabled toilets.

The news of progress will come as a relief to many after complaints about the toilets during this year’s Jumpers and Jazz event.

Users complained the toilets were swamped and exceptionally dirty.

The new design will be similar to the toilet installed at Rotary Park Warwick beside Tiddalik.

The other existing toilet block is in the centre of the park and, though it is in relatively good condition, council says it is poorly located.

Lighting had to be installed two years ago to stop loiterers hanging around at night time. Council says this toilet will also have to be relocated or replaced.


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