Posted: Fri 2nd Dec 2016

Beware Chester walls are taking revenge over piddling Christmas partygoers

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016

If you’re on a Christmas night out in Chester, you might want to think twice before relieving yourself on the streets.

Fed up with drunks using historic buildings as a toilet, Cheshire West and Chester Council is fighting back. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Walls have been coated with liquid-repellent paint which causes “splash-back”, so anyone who urinates against them will get a rather unexpected soaking. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Most partygoers will enjoy the festive season and respect our beautiful city. However a minority are damaging historic structures by using the city centre as a public toilet. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The liquid-repelling paint has been applied in secret location across the city.  Anyone spending a penny in public this festive season may get more than they bargained for! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’ve produced an animation featuring a ‘creature’ that pees in dark corners with no respect for our city to promote our campaign and will be using social media to spread the word that Chester’s walls pee-back!” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Nick White, City Centre Manager said:

“We’re pleased to be supporting this initiative in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council. It’s certainly a novel approach to the issue! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We’re always willing to try new ideas, particularly if they can help us to address an issue that causes city visitors and businesses concerns like public urination. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Together with our members and partners we’re aiming to create a city centre environment that is both welcoming and appealing and we hope this campaign will have a positive impact over the Christmas period.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Urinating in public is a criminal offence and the Council will prosecute individuals caught in the act. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Council’s team of CCTV operators can direct police officers to offenders in seconds. In September this year, three offenders were taken to court and received fines of over £1,000 between them. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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