Friends of Freshwater Bay Museum want Claremont museum design process stopped

A concept design for the new Freshwater Bay Museum in Claremont has been criticised for having too much glass and not enough toilets
A concept design for the new Freshwater Bay Museum in Claremont has been criticised for having too much glass and not enough toilets

CLAIMS a new Freshwater Bay Museum has too much glass and not enough toilets did not stop Claremont councillors continuing final designing for the riverside building on Tuesday night.

“I’m concerned about the amount of glass facing south on the river , as it could make it unsuitable for the display of photos, images, and the like,” Friends of Freshwater Bay Museum member Jenny Gregory said.

The suitability of new public toilets for the elderly, disabled and children during museum functions and an ensuite planned in the new museum also troubled Friends members and the museum’s advisory committee.

“A single dedicated toilet in the new museum is just not adequate,” former Friends treasurer Rikki Hewitt said.

The Friends group asked for the design process be stopped last November before sending a formal request last month.

Cr Chris Main said all the council needed to do was sit down with group and the architects for “an hour” to deal with the issues, but Cr Kate Main said the issues were not great enough to warrant a delay, particularly when there was an ensuite and six nearby toilets for any groups of about 50 visiting students.

Chief executive Liz Ledger said the issues had been already dealt with by the architects, including more toilets nearby, and the final design was expected by the end of this month.

Councillors voted 2-7 to continue the design process.