Call for public to flush out loo vandals

Lack of respect for public facilities in Gisborne and up the Coast is taking its toll.

Lack of respect for public facilities in Gisborne and up the Coast is taking its toll.

PLEASE GIVE IT BACK: The brand new flushing toilet at Kaiaua Beach had its 1000-litre water tank and fittings stolen over the Christmas break. Mayor Meng Foon says there will be no fine if it is returned, they just want it back. It is one of many acts of vandalsim on public toilets around the region and Mr Foon is asking people to report any incidents they see. Picture supplied.

THE community is being asked to keep an eye out for vandals after multiple public toilets were defaced over the Christmas break.

Graffiti was sprayed around the Gisborne District Council toilet at Makorori, another public toilet was stuffed with clothing, sanitary pads and faeces, and a new water tank was stolen from the recently-installed flushing toilet at Kaiaua Beach.

Mayor Meng Foon said there was a general lack of respect for public toilets around Gisborne and up the Coast, and contractors were having to put up with too much when they cleaned them.

A photo deemed “too gross” to publish showed the complete disregard some people had for public toilets around this region, he said.

On December 23, a new flushing toilet with a 1000-litre water tank attached was installed at Kaiaua Beach.

It was filled up on the 24th but when council staff inspected it on the 27th, the water had been emptied and the tank and its fittings were gone.

Mr Foon has made a plea for the people who took the tank to give it back.

“There will be no fine, we just want it back. Toilets are important for us all. There is a problem with some gross people using them.

“It is an ongoing problem but has heightened in the holiday period and it is hard for our contractors to keep up, and they are as disheartened as I am.

“They are put in there for the convenience of locals and tourists to use, but some people are intent on spoiling it for everyone.”

Mr Foon hoped publication in the Gisborne Herald would bring community attention to the problem and that acts of vandalism would be reported to the police and council.

If you see someone defacing a public toilet please call the council on 867-2049.

THE community is being asked to keep an eye out for vandals after multiple public toilets were defaced over the Christmas break.

Graffiti was sprayed around the Gisborne District Council toilet at Makorori, another public toilet was stuffed with clothing, sanitary pads and faeces, and a new water tank was stolen from the recently-installed flushing toilet at Kaiaua Beach.

Mayor Meng Foon said there was a general lack of respect for public toilets around Gisborne and up the Coast, and contractors were having to put up with too much when they cleaned them.

A photo deemed “too gross” to publish showed the complete disregard some people had for public toilets around this region, he said.

On December 23, a new flushing toilet with a 1000-litre water tank attached was installed at Kaiaua Beach.

It was filled up on the 24th but when council staff inspected it on the 27th, the water had been emptied and the tank and its fittings were gone.

Mr Foon has made a plea for the people who took the tank to give it back.

“There will be no fine, we just want it back. Toilets are important for us all. There is a problem with some gross people using them.

“It is an ongoing problem but has heightened in the holiday period and it is hard for our contractors to keep up, and they are as disheartened as I am.

“They are put in there for the convenience of locals and tourists to use, but some people are intent on spoiling it for everyone.”

Mr Foon hoped publication in the Gisborne Herald would bring community attention to the problem and that acts of vandalism would be reported to the police and council.

If you see someone defacing a public toilet please call the council on 867-2049.

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Marion Fleming - 3 years ago
Grew up in Gisborne and around the East Cape. We had nothing but we sure as hell did not do loser cr*p like that. You are shameful losers! Give back what is not yours! You will pay!!!