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Lautoka City Council Works To Improve Conditions Of Public Convenience

Public convenience in the market was a paid service, but it was not clean and up to expectation.
31 Mar 2019 10:00
Lautoka City Council Works To Improve Conditions Of Public Convenience
Shirley Park public convenience (left), and Lautoka Main Market public convenience. Photo: Rohit Kumar

Mixed reactions have surfaced from regular users of the public convenience facilities in Lautoka City.

And it wasn’t all good news when interviewing people at random at the Lautoka Market and taxi and bus stations.

Lautoka Market vendor, Salome Lewalago, said the public convenience in the market was a paid service, but it was not clean and up to expectation.

“It is eyesore to see all the drawings and writings on the wall, it is mostly the school students who like to vandalise the wall with rude comments and pictures,” Ms Lewalago said.

“There is no hand wash liquid provided to use after visiting the toilet at the market and at times the toilets are blocked.”

Lautoka Taxi driver, Hemant Kumar, said that the toilet next to the bus stand was not always clean.

“When entering the facility people can slip and fall because the tiles are always wet and slippery,” he said.

“There are no hand wash liquids provided, the cleaner need to provide air fresheners and mop the floors with nice smelling detergents.”

Fellow taxi driver, James Eddy, said, that people paid to use the bus station toilets but it was not clean.

“The public convenience at Shirley Park is free for use but toilet are well looked after and clean,” he said

Lautoka City Council chief executive officer, Jone Nakauvadra, said the income they got from the public convenience was nothing compared to the expense of regular repairs they had to carry out.

“We charge a small fee of 20 cents so people can take ownership of the amenities and have pride when using it,” Mr Nakauvadra said.

“This is our service to the community. We don’t charge students for toilet use when they are in uniform during weekdays.

“Patrons sometimes break the toilet pans, write and draw filthy things on the walls.

“Some people even take parts of the cistern and soap dispensers which costs a lot to the council.

“Vandalism is an ongoing issue the council has to deal with.

“Almost every three to four weeks council workers have to repaint the walls and replace parts of the toilets.

“These many ongoing issues are incurring expenses to the council,” he added.

“We have an educated society, so people just need to change their mindset,” he said.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: rohit.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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