MORE than six months after the installation of public toilets in Robertson Park was put off, the project has “disappeared off the face of the earth”, angering Orange councillor Glenn Taylor.
Councillors deferred a decision on the $250,000 automatic toilet block in March after former mayor Dick Niven spoke out in opposition, saying the amenities block would be an eyesore and attract bad behaviour opposite his McNamara Street law firm.
Cr Taylor began the push for park toilets in 2001 and said it was “absolutely ridiculous” the proposal was yet to be revisited.
Council spokesman Allan Reeder said staff were looking at options to provide toilets for people using Robertson Park, but would not reveal what they were.
“It’s not appropriate to discuss those options publicly at this stage. Councillors will be the first to hear about it once the best option is firmed up and put to a council meeting later in the year,” he said.
Cr Taylor said he would not accept any amendment or change to the plan for a toilet block in the park.
“It’s time council stood up and said ‘we make the decisions’,” he said.
“We’ve missed Anzac Day this year and now they’re saying to look at other options, I have no idea what the other options would be.”
Cr Taylor said he had been told there was again a push to ask the Country Women’s Association (CWA) to have the toilets attached to the hall, despite the group ruling it out last year.
“There was no ambiguity. I’m not sure what part of the word no [the council] doesn’t understand,” he said.
Cr Taylor said he respected Mr Niven, but his opinion only reflected one person.
“My impression was [council staff] were going to go back to Dick and talk to him about his concerns,” he said.
“This has been halted with no explanation.”