A $255,000 dunny has been installed next to a rose garden on Bayswater’s Railway Parade.
Installing the Exeloo added $40,000 to the cost. It’s next to the train station, which doesn’t have a toilet.
The council installed the loo after Whatley Crescent traders complained of people defecating and urinating behind their shops. It had wanted to place the loo closer to the station but was overruled by the WA public transport authority.
Local resident and ex-town planner Greg Smith says the location stinks.
“How is it going to help traders on the other side of the station, and why position it right beside a rosebed?” he asks.
Mayor Sylvan Albert says traders were extensively consulted.
“The city examined several options that would help reduce anti-social behaviour [and] resolved that placement of the Exeloo at Railway Parade was the best option.
“The roses were removed on a temporary basis while the installation was being conducted. They will be planted back once the work is complete.”
Bayswater election candidate Dan Bull says residents and commuters should have been consulted, not just the traders association.
“A toilet is needed near the area, I agree with that,” he wrote on Facebook.
“However the spot that was chosen for it is right next to the historical rose gardens on Railway Parade.”
The toilet should be open by October 9.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK