The new toilets at Queens Gardens have had “flushing issues”. Photo: Supplied.

New toilets raise a stink


They may look beautiful, but the new $400,000 toilets at Queens Gardens are causing a stink with some users.

Nelson City Council officially opened the long-awaited toilet block next to the Suter Gallery just over two weeks ago, but they have already received three complaints that the toilets are not flushing properly.

Roger Ball, group manager community services at council, says there has been some “flushing issues” caused by restricted water flow in the toilets which is “currently being addressed”.

“The contractor’s plumber has ordered the parts required and it should be resolved this week. Our apologies for any inconvenience – we have made our contractor aware of the urgency to fix this issue.”

He says the toilets are still usable at present and are open to the public, however a “reduced level of service” can be expected until they are fixed.

With an expected budget of $473,000, they contain two unisex toilets, one of which is disabled accessible and has a baby change table. They were designed by architects Jerram Tocker Barron to complement the exterior of the Suter Gallery.

Meanwhile, council are moving forward with replacing the existing 1980s toilet block at the Tahunanui Lions playground and upgrading the current toilets at Millers Acre, with the help of funding from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The recommended option for Tahunanui is a prefabricated block, featuring four unisex toilets, one accessible toilet and one urinal which could be open for use by September 2020.

It will also have three unisex change rooms, one unisex family/accessible change room, three showers, shared hand basins outside the toilet areas under cover, a drinking fountain with bottle filler and foot wash.

The Millers Acre facility will be expanded to seven toilets, including one accessible toilet and additional space for baby change, one male urinal toilet facility and five unisex facilities.

The estimated cost for Tahunanui is $900,000 and $814,500 for Millers Acre – although council will not bear the brunt of the full costs as tourism grants from MBIE of $250,000 per project have been made for both upgrades.

Both project recommendations will now go to full council for approval on 19 September.