VISITORS to Robertson Park on Anzac Day this year will again have to rely on Portaloos following Orange City Council’s move to put-off a decision on a $250,000 toilet block.
Councillor Glenn Taylor said he was disappointed, despite voting with his fellow councillors to defer a decision until April following concerns from former mayor Dick Niven.
“I knew it was fruitless to go against it,” he said.
“We could have had them in place for the busiest day of the year.
“My personal view is the toilets should still go ahead.”
Cr Taylor said he was surprised with the timing of Mr Niven’s complaint “right at the 11th hour”.
“It had been very well publicised that that was the location,” he said.
“[Former] councillor Niven and I have had a good working relationship. We’ve agreed to disagree on issues and this is yet another.”
Cr Taylor would not say if he thought his fellow councillors had caved to pressure from the former-mayor.
He said major concerns that had been raised about the placement of public toilets in the past had been unfounded.
“Most of the users are responsible people,” he said.
“You’ve got to put these things in for the majority of well-meaning citizens.
“They’re always meant for decent people, older people and people with children.”