AFTER years of arguments, Orange councillor Glenn Taylor is begging and pleading with his fellow councillors to finally approve a development application lodgement for a toilet in Robertson Park.
Cr Taylor said he had lobbied for a toilet block at the park for over a decade but whenever the issue had come before council, his fellow councillors had rejected the idea because a majority could not settle on the best location or some did not like the design.
“I think this a record, over 10 years just to get a toilet in a park ... it’s ridiculous,” he said.
The application to come before councillors on Tuesday recommends the $180,000 toilet facility be built on the eastern side on the park, along McNamara Lane.
That spot had been before council previously but was rejected after former mayor Richard Niven, who owns a business in McNamara Street, called on councillors to abandon the decision in an open forum meeting in 2013.
However the latest design and the location was agreed to in principle by councillors at a private briefing meeting in May, the council agenda papers said.
It is unclear whether the toilet block would be closed at night time and Cr Taylor said he would leave the decision with council staff.
“I’ve always said about a lot of developments, we shouldn’t not go ahead with a development that would benefit 99 per cent of the population because of the 1 per cent who want to ruin things,” he said.
“I would say have a trial of opening it at night time and at the first hint of trouble then close it.”
The design will deliver a facility with two general cubicles and one cubicle for people with a disability that can also be used as a family room and for general use.
During previous discussions in council about the toilet block, staff were asked to speak with the Country Women’s Association members, who own the CWA Hall in Robertson Park, and ask the group if council could use its toilets.
The CWA members rejected the idea.
Council staff settled on the location along McNamara Street because they decided it would have the least impact on the park and it would provide central access.
Cr Taylor hoped, if approved at the council meeting on Tuesday night, the facility would be ready by summer.