Police to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone caught urinating in public in Swansea city centre
GETTING caught short will leave revellers in Swansea city centre out of pocket.
From today police will be issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone caught urinating in public in the city centre.
The get-tough £75 fines are part of pilot operation being carried out by police and Swansea Council.
And with portable urinals being deployed at known public urination hotspots in the city centre at weekends, as well as urinals and portable loos at the pick-up and drop-off point at the Strand, visitors enjoying the night-time economy should get the message that public urination will not be tolerated in the city centre.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place, said: "Public urination is a contentious issue that has been troubling authorities, organisations and businesses working together to create a cleaner, healthier and safer city centre.
"We've tried the soft approach, which has had some effect, but now it is time to get tough. "Urinating in shop doorways, alleys, lanes or bushes is not acceptable.
"There are toilets provided in every night-time venue, as well as the additional portable urinals on the streets. If people still can't control their bladders, they could find themselves with a hefty fine."
Swansea Council, which deploys the temporary urinals, says they are well used.
But the issue is still causing a headache and a stink for bars, shopkeepers and city centre visitors alike.
City inspector Dean Thomas said: "Urinating in public is a major irritation to authorities and businesses who are left to clean up their own doorways and streets after people under the influence of alcohol feel it is acceptable to treat the city centre like a toilet.
"It is certainly not acceptable and I am pleased the police are able to work with the council in enforcing fixed penalty notices against those caught in the act.
Police will be issuing fixed penalty notices using powers available to Swansea Council under legislation for littering Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Bruno Nunes, owner of Peppermint Bar & Kitchen and Bambu Beach Bar, said: "On behalf of city centre licensed premises I am pleased to see tough action being taken on these people who are urinating in the street.
"The impact of this action will be felt not only by those hit in the pocket, but the many others who will hear about the tough stance being taken."