Charlie - posted on 04/07/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
THEY have been successfully used in London, Amsterdam, and Canada and now temporary open-air urinals are coming to Sydney to stop liquored-up late night revellers relieving themselves in public.
The City of Sydney is to trial temporary public urinals on Friday and Saturday nights in Kings Cross and Oxford Street.
The trial is an attempt ''to address some of the public urination issues occurring in [the] area'', residents were told in a letter from the council this week, and to help reduce the city's big weekend clean-up bills.
London, Amsterdam and some Canadian cities have successfully deployed the temporary urinals to cope with late night revellers.
According to the manufacturer of the mobile urinal used in Amsterdam, 30 of the units put out by the city authorities each Friday night ''normally contain over 10,000 litres of urine'' by Sunday morning.
Each unit can be used by four men at a time and has a 450-litre holding tank, enough for ''about 1500 individual pees''.
The City of Sydney could not provide data on how many litres of urine were typically flowing through the alleys and gutters of Kings Cross and Oxford Street on weekend nights but that may change with the four-week trial, due to begin on April 15.
The city's late night economy manager, Suzie Matthews, said: "The city faces huge clean-up bills after each weekend and cleaning-up this disgusting mess costs ratepayers more than $7 million a year.''
She conceded some residents were concerned about the trial but said the alternative, where ''people do some pretty disgusting things around their homes'', may well be worse.
The outdoor urinals will be installed at Fitzroy Gardens, Springfield Mall and Roslyn Plaza in Kings Cross, and Oxford Square on the corner of Oxford and Riley streets.
The sites were chosen based on where there had been the most complaints about public urination.
The urinals will be installed at night and removed each Saturday and Sunday morning for the duration of the trial.
A spokeswoman for the council said charges for offensive conduct - including public urination - in the inner city had increased by 30 per cent in the past two years.
''This is a problem we need the police to manage with us and we are working closely with them," Ms Matthews said.
New signs will direct people to available public toilets.
In a poll conducted 66 % of people said they would use one .
What do you think ?
would you use one ?
is it a good idea ?
For pictures see : http://www.smh.com.au/national/mind-your...