Sponge Bay toilet hit again

NOT HAPPY: Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon is unhappy about the most recent vandalism. The Sponge Bay toilet was set alight for the second time. “This sort of nonsense makes councillors nervous and we could take away some toilets that are being bashed often. No one wants that because of a few that spoil it for the many good users.” Picture by Paul Rickard

Public toilets have again been the subject of repeat vandalism in the Gisborne district, which has dismayed and angered Mayor Meng Foon.

This time it was another fire inside the Sponge Bay toilet.

Mr Foon says sometimes he thinks “why do we bother?”

A few are spoiling it for the rest of the community and the toilet might have to be removed.

On Tuesday night, the lock on the door was broken, rubbish was dumped inside and someone set fire to it.

Yesterday, a council spokesman said the lock had since been replaced and the toilet would be closed for at least 48 hours while contractors made repairs.

This is the not the first time this toilet has been burned.

Sponge Bay has featured in the past with vandalism attacks on the facility.

In January last year Mr Foon called for a “technology solution” to the mistreatment of public toilets around the district.

Cameras should be installed to crack down on the problem, he said.

In the January 2016 fire, someone set fire to a plastic inflatable swimming pool inside the new toilet at Sponge Bay.

After the most recent attack, Mr Foon says it is a real shame when a few spoil it for the rest of the community.

“We have many toilet facilities throughout the district and most are treated well by our users.

“It is amazing what people do in the toilets, other than the obvious, and we have many pictures to prove this.

“Maybe we should take the DNA and do a match at the police station,” Mr Foon said.

Anyone who knows anything about the recent attack should contact Gisborne District Council or police.

“This sort of nonsense makes councillors nervous and we could take away some toilets that are being bashed often.”

Public toilets have again been the subject of repeat vandalism in the Gisborne district, which has dismayed and angered Mayor Meng Foon.

This time it was another fire inside the Sponge Bay toilet.

Mr Foon says sometimes he thinks “why do we bother?”

A few are spoiling it for the rest of the community and the toilet might have to be removed.

On Tuesday night, the lock on the door was broken, rubbish was dumped inside and someone set fire to it.

Yesterday, a council spokesman said the lock had since been replaced and the toilet would be closed for at least 48 hours while contractors made repairs.

This is the not the first time this toilet has been burned.

Sponge Bay has featured in the past with vandalism attacks on the facility.

In January last year Mr Foon called for a “technology solution” to the mistreatment of public toilets around the district.

Cameras should be installed to crack down on the problem, he said.

In the January 2016 fire, someone set fire to a plastic inflatable swimming pool inside the new toilet at Sponge Bay.

After the most recent attack, Mr Foon says it is a real shame when a few spoil it for the rest of the community.

“We have many toilet facilities throughout the district and most are treated well by our users.

“It is amazing what people do in the toilets, other than the obvious, and we have many pictures to prove this.

“Maybe we should take the DNA and do a match at the police station,” Mr Foon said.

Anyone who knows anything about the recent attack should contact Gisborne District Council or police.

“This sort of nonsense makes councillors nervous and we could take away some toilets that are being bashed often.”

Bins tipped and set alight

SEVERAL rubbish bins were set on fire at various locations in the city last night and police have appealed for information that will help them catch the people responsible.

Bins at the top of Kaiti Hill, along the city beachfront and in the city itself were damaged in the fires.

Police said the fires had burned themselves out by the time they were discovered.

“Gisborne District Council has gone to great lengths to provide an adequate rubbish bin system for the city.

“Here we have some idiot or idiots setting fire to them,” said Senior Sergeant Maui Aben.

“We hope that someone saw this activity overnight and can provide information that will assist with our inquiry.

“We are also interested in information about an incident in the central city at the weekend in which someone tipped out the contents of many rubbish bins in the Gladstone Road and Peel Street area of the CBD.”

Any person with information on either of these incidents can call the Gisborne station on 06 869 0200 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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