Pubs and clubs in Boston are being asked to sign a pledge agreeing to urge their customers not to use the streets as toilets.
The ‘streets are not toilets’ campaign will see Boston Borough Council’s environment enforcement team visit licensed premises with pledge forms and publicity material.
The move comes after the latest round of CCTV images released by the authority in a bid to clean up our street shows four allegedly caught urinating in the street - the other two are of regular littering.
The council wants to identify these individuals so they can pursue them with a £75 fine.
Those caught deliberately littering, and that includes urination, defecation, spitting and failing to clean up after their dogs, by the council’s cameras will be pursued and issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court.
Environmental enforcement officer Jen Moore said: “We have had complaints from residents about people relieving themselves in the street after they have left a pub or club; sometimes immediately after they have stepped out into the fresh air.
“We are asking for pubs and clubs to help us get the message across that customers need to think about their needs before they set off for home, and use the toilets inside the premises and not the street outside.”
Coun Michael Brookes, the council’s portfolio holder for street cleansing, described public urination as a ‘serious offence’.
He added: “We have even had reports of drinkers stepping outside for a smoke, relieving themselves in the street and then going back into the premises.
“Public urination is unacceptable and a serious offence. It is even more unacceptable in circumstances such as this when conveniences provided for customers are close by.”
Jen said: “We want people to support the town’s night-time economy, come out and enjoy a drink, but spend a penny properly before setting off for home and not have to spend £75 later when they get a fine for peeing in the street.”
l If you believe you can identify any of those pictured above you are asked to contact the council in strictest confidence on 01205 314200 and ask for the environmental enforcement team.
Alternatively, write to Litter campaign, Environmental Enforcement Team, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR or email firstname.lastname@example.org