Wind Street temporary urinals 'a disgrace to Swansea'
URINALS in the city's streets are "deplorable" and "pander to the uncivilised yobs", says the man appointed to help improve Swansea.
While condemning the temporary toilets installed around Wind Street city centre tsar Richard Lewis called for the public conveniences to be removed by Monday.
He said: "I think it's the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. People need to have some civic pride and be accountable for their actions: if you are too drunk to know where the toilet is, you should not be out. There should also be on the spot fines. We should not be pandering to the uncivilised yobs."
The council-placed facilities, which allow up to four men at a time to urinate standing up with their backs to any passers-by, have been sited near the Cross Keys pub and the La Prensa bar and restaurant at the bottom end of Wind Street.
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The move follows escalating complaints of people urinating in public.
However, they have been not been welcomed by Mr Lewis who questioned the decision to use the urinals.
"To be blunt we are supposed to be a civilised society," he said. "It's deplorable. It's a disgrace to our city. I'm not a prude, but I do not like it, it's obscene. We are meant to have a city we are proud of. Traders do not like it and women find it offensive. They should be gone by Monday."
Mr Lewis, who suggested opening public toilets in the city centre into the night, is not the only critic of the alfresco facilities.
Commenting on the Evening Post's website susiecasper said: "Surely this constitutes a breach of public decency. Just goes to show how far we have sunk as a nation and a city when behaviour such as this becomes acceptable."
And easystreet said: "At least move it somewhere out of public view. Swansea's busiest road and you put it in full view of traffic and cctv cameras. It's so embarrassing, move it."
But kelvinuk said other cities such as London, Manchester and Cardiff had the urinals. Council leader Chris Holley said he thought it was far more decent to see people using an urinal than urinating on the street.