Fine warning on outdoor urinals in Wind Street, Swansea

One of the urinals places outside La Prensa at the bottom of Wind Street One of the urinals places outside La Prensa at the bottom of Wind Street

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Revellers in Swansea have been warned they face on-the-spot fines or arrest if they urinate on streets and doorways instead of using open-air urinals.

Swansea council brought the urinals in for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights after complaints by local businesses and the police.

The move was welcomed by many traders in Wind Street, a drinking hotspot.

But some businesses have criticised the the position of the urinals, and there have been calls to scrap them.

Michael Weaver, general manager of La Prensa tapas bar in Wind Street, said: "They put one of them next to our premises on the main road in the city centre.

"It's a shock to see drunk guys peeing at 7pm or 8pm when you also have young kids coming out of the cinema with their parents and the general public walking past.

"I think having these is encouraging them to urinate in the street.

"If police take more action like on-the-spot fines, the drunk people will think twice about holding it in."

Mr Weaver also called for public toilets to be opened up at night, as did Richard Lewis, the councillor who is helping to revive the city centre.

Mr Lewis called the urinals an "absolute disgrace" and believes there are better options.

'Very much needed'

"If there's a need for them, we need to open the toilets up in the evening by St Mary's church, which would have to be manned.

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"If you are trying to improve the city centre, they've got to look at this.

"We are dealing with an element. If they want to be idiots let's have proper toilets for them.

"I don't know why they've got to use the streets. I think the whole thing is degrading, simply because people can't behave themselves when they get too drunk."

Russell Greenslade, chief executive for Swansea business improvement district (Bid) accepted the positions of the urinals "need to be looked at" but said they were needed.

"We fully agree that these facilities are very much needed in the city centre, it's more a question of where and when they are placed out," he said.

Wind Street Swansea's Wind Street is the main drinking spot in the city centre

"Businesses have questioned where they are positioned and the time they are delivered, as I believe they are placed out at 7pm which has been commented as maybe being too early.

"Following this feedback from Bid members and businesses, we have arranged to meet with the council very soon in order we can to look at more appropriate places for them to be located and to look at when they are placed out."

Similar toilets are used in other cities around the UK including Manchester, Bristol, Cambridge and London.

'Positive effect'

A spokesperson for Swansea council said: "The toilets are used to discourage revellers from urinating against walls or in doorways and to support the police's zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.

"They have had a positive effect in encouraging revellers to do the right thing."

Steve Jones, city centre inspector at Swansea central police station said the use of the urinals was supported.

"We have received a number of complaints from the public of people openly urinating in the street and against shop windows and doors," he said.

"Our message is quite simple: the urinals are there to be used and anybody found blatantly urinating in the street can expect positive action, either via a fixed penalty notice or arrest for a public order offence."

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