Polite posters urge people not to use Boston’s streets as a toilet

The 'no urinating' poster
The 'no urinating' poster

Eye-catching posters have been put up in Boston to issue a ‘polite message’ to ask people not to urinate in the street.

The posters mark one of two campaigns to cut out the blight of faeces and urine from animals and humans in Boston town centre.

Councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright

Councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright

Councillors Carol Taylor and Mary Wright launched the posters after residents and business owners in Archers Lane and Wormgate asked for help.

The posters (right) also display a short message in English, Polish, Latvian, Russian and Portuguese asking people to respect the hard work of volunteers.

Coun Taylor said: “We wanted the notice to be polite and be a request, not an order, in the hope that people would show a little more respect.”

The posters also ask people not to leave litter in the area.

Coun Wright added: “People just need to take responsibility for their own litter. If they leave it for the council clean up it costs all of us.”

The campaign runs at the same time as Boston Borough Council’s bid to get dog owners to clean up their pets’ mess.

Signs stressing the health risks of dog poo – with the message ‘be a responsible dog owner’ in the same five language as the Wormgate poster – have been installed in Central Park along with bag dispensers.

Coun Mark Baker, chairman of a task group on street cleanliness, said they have ‘fined tuned’ their original plan – marking on the floor in chalk when owners have failed to clean up their dog mess rather than putting flags in it.

He added: “We recognise that it’s quite a new and bold step to take, and it may have its critics, but urgent and attention-grabbing action is required.”

Owners who do not pick up their pet’s poo could face a £75 fine.

Coun Gunter, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, added: “With all the other measures no visitor to Central Park with a dog will have any reason or excuse not to clean up.

“We recognise that, for most, their dog is a valued member of the family – their pet may be their only constant companion – and we want to be able to welcome them all into Central Park. But they must accept responsibility for clearing away what their pet deposits.

“No one can say that is unreasonable, especially when you consider the potential risks to human health. I do hope you will help us to achieve a clean park for everyone.”

The issues are being tackled as Central Park comes under the spotlight - with Boston Central Panel criticising the way it is being looked after.

Boston mum Yelena McCafferty also hit out over the way the park closes at 8pm - more than an hour before sunset during nice summer days.

The council says the park has to shut when the public toilets close to ‘reduce the problem’ of people defecating or urinating.

○ See this week’s Boston Standard for more on Central Park