URINATING in public should be stamped out in Gloucester, night time economy leaders have warned.
Gloucester police officers have visited Swansea to see the tough action the city takes against people who go for a piddle in the streets.
In Swansea those caught taking a slash are handed £50 fines, rising to £75 if they don’t cough up the money within a few days.
Lorry loads of portable urinals are brought in every weekend to give party goers no excuse.
PC Mark Mansfield, who went on the visit, said: “They provide the toilet facilities in the city centre so they bring a lorry with urinals in. They put then in taxi ranks and bus stops.
“In Swansea they have one strip of bars like Gloucester and it is super clean. At 5am every morning they jet wash the whole street. In comparison it makes our street look really dirty with bags of litter and rubbish.
“Swansea had 20 or 30 big cast iron bins that they also bring in for the night time economy so that you can easily dispose of your big takeaway packaging.”
Night time economy leaders have agreed to look into the possibilities of emulating some of the measures Swansea have put in place.
They were also left inspired by Swansea’s one stop place for taxis, coaches, buses and private pick up points, which keeps other areas free of traffic and makes it easier to police.
But Swansea is a city with a party crowd of some 15,000 people every weekend – notably bigger than Gloucester.
The city will need to look for sponsorship if it is to make some of the schemes a reality.
John Taylor, from taxi firm Andy Cars, said: “We have got the Rugby World Cup coming to the city in 2015 and we want that to be a legacy for the city so this could be a spring board for that.”
Calls for action on urinating in a public place come after repeated peeing incidents in the stairwell of the King’s Walk car park and in doorways of businesses in Eastgate Street.
The removal of public toilets in the city also makes it harder for police to justify fining offenders – but it was announced last week that Gloucester City Council will spend £100,000 on new public loos in the city centre.