Poster campaign highlights zero tolerance approach to public urination
20 September 2012
An eye-catching poster campaign is reminding pub-goers in Chester that it is an offence to urinate in a public place.
From next week the posters will begin to appear in the city’s pubs, bars and nightclubs, including the University of Chester Students’ Union bar.
The image shows a cherub statue in a lavatory with the message: ‘Pee in a public place and it could be more than your bladder that gets emptied’.
The poster carries a warning that offenders face up to a £500 fine and a reminder to use the toilet facilities before leaving the premises.
A byelaw adopted in 1999 makes it an offence to urinate in a public place in the city of Chester.
The Cheshire West and Chester Council campaign is backed by Chester Pubwatch which is distributing the posters to its member licensed premises across the city.
Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment, said: “There is no excuse for anyone who chooses to use the street as a lavatory.
“These individuals have no regard for others forced to encounter the offensive mess, including our staff who have to clean it up - not to mention the damage it does to some of our most historic buildings.
“This eye-catching poster campaign is intentionally blunt to communicate the message that we are not prepared to tolerate this disgusting behaviour.
“In partnership with the Police, we have a strong track record in prosecuting these offences. CCTV footage plays a vital role in many cases.
“We want to see everyone enjoying visiting Chester but when the actions of a few spoil it for the rest, we will act.”
Several city centre businesses are members of the Chester Community Toilet Scheme which allows members of the public to use their facilities during opening hours without any obligation to make a purchase.
Participating shops, cafes and restaurants can be identified by the Community Toilet Scheme logo in their window.
A list of businesses that are members of the scheme and their opening hours can be found on the Council's website.