Alan Harris is asking the question everyone wants to know – if it’s called Kings Meadows, where’s the throne?
The Southern Launceston Community Development Committee chairman is leading the call for a public toilet block to be erected in Kings Meadows, labelling the suburb’s current lavatory landscape as inadequate for both customers and business owners.
Mr Harris said while some toilets were available to Meadow Mews shoppers, the suburb was sorely lacking a 24-hour, clearly-marked public toilet block.
“What currently happens is that if people aren't in the Meadow Mews shopping centre, they’ll ask to use a shop’s staff toilet which of course is not really for the public,” Mr Harris said.
“The nearest public toilet to Kings Meadows I can find is in Punchbowl, and yet it's the second largest shopping centre in Northern Tasmania.”
The SLCD committee has recently begun collecting signatures from shoppers and plans to present a petition to Launceston City Council in the near future.
Mr Harris said the committee believed a car park owned by City of Launceston at 119 Hobart Road would be the perfect site for a new toilet block.
“We think that's an ideal spot to have a public toilet, up the front near the road so tourists driving past can go 'ah, toilet, we'll stop in here'.
“It just adds another convenience and if you look at what's happened in Campbell Town over the years, clearly providing a public toilet can actually make people stop and shop.”
In 2016 the SLCD successfully petitioned for pedestrian lights to be installed on Hobart Road.