Bayswater’s public toilet site on the nose

Bayswater resident Greg Smith with City of Bayswater Councillor Chris Cornish. Picture: David Baylis           d443922
Bayswater resident Greg Smith with City of Bayswater Councillor Chris Cornish. Picture: David Baylis         d443922

THE location of a public toilet (Exeloo) in Bayswater is “stupid” and fails in terms of its social, environmental and economic impact, resident Greg Smith says.

In December, the City of Bayswater voted against officers’ recommendations to have the toilet located at 23 King William Street, instead moving it to Railway Parade within the road reserve abutting the existing rose gardens west of railway underpass.

By installing the toilet at Railway Parade, the estimated installation cost increased by $20,600.

Works started in June and installation of the facility was expected on October 9.

Mayor Sylvan Albert said: “The public toilet in the Bayswater town centre is mainly a response to community concerns regarding anti-social activities – such as urinating in public – as a result of the lack of available and accessible public toilet facilities.

“The chosen location offered the closest proximity to the train station.

“From consultation with the Bayswater Village Traders Association it became clear that the current need for a toilet within the Bayswater town centre was mainly due to patrons of the Bayswater train station requiring toilet facilities, rather than a need for a toilet facility to cater for visitors to the town centre.”

Mr Smith, a town planner tutor, said social, environment and economic impacts were the three pillars of sustainability and needed to be assessed when town planning. “In terms of social, they (the city) haven’t consulted with the neighbours and they’re putting this toilet opposite residents when it was previously for the business community,” he said.

“In terms of environment, they’ve ripped out between 20 and 40 roses, so it’s bad. When you look at it in economic terms . . . it is about $20,000 extra to put it there.”

Mr Smith said it was a “stupid” location because there was no public visibility.

Cr Albert said the 34 rose bushes had been temporarily removed to prevent damage during excavation works and would be replanted when the sewerage was connected.