Urine for a surprise: Hundreds of litres of wee collected by Kingston's new night-time toilets (From Surrey Comet)
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Urine for a surprise: Hundreds of litres of wee collected by Kingston's new night-time toilets
Hundreds of litres of urine have been collected from late night clubbers by the temporary introduction of “pop-up” toilets.
The wee, usually reserved for the town centre’s streets, gardens and doorways are being collected late on Friday and Saturday nights by the four-way urinals as part of a six-week trial.
They have been placed across the town centre, including by the iconic Old London Road red phone boxes, Clarence Street and Cromwell Road, and whisked away by early morning, leaving residents none-the-wiser.
Last weekend alone they collected 465 litres of urine from well-refreshed male clubbers.
Town centre managers Kingstonfirst believe the experiment has been a success.
Marketing director James Kennedy said: “Five weeks into this pilot and we are satisfied with the progress of the night time urinals.”
“We are continually looking at ways to keep the town looking at its best for both the day and night time economies.
“If it is something we can afford to do and people want us to do we will look into it.”
The trial, in partnership with portable toilet providers Elliot, has cost an estimated £7,000.
Kingston university student Nilufer Erdem, 21, said: “It’s better than people urinating in a garden, I think it is a good service.”
Will Hanson, 53, a teacher from Molesey, said: “Now that they have these toilets they have no excuse to urinate on the streets.”
But Audrey Price, 81, a retired nurse from Kingston, said: “There is a lot of urinating which goes on around Tiffin Boys close to where I live so I think this will help.
“But I would find it offensive to see people urinating in the the middle of the night.”
Conservative Councillor Dennis Doe, who has long campaigned for more public toilets in Kingston town centre, said: “I’m pleased it has been initially successful.
“Of course it doesn’t help ladies. In the long run we have got to have more public access to toilets during the day as well as the evening.
“I think it is a pity the council continues to refuse to accept that this is something they need to be advancing.”
After this weekend, Kingstonfirst will assess feedback from residents and businesses, as well as data provided by Elliot, to decide whether to bring the initiative back or find a more permanent solution.
One of the ideas includes investing between £50,000 to £60,000 in a “pop-up” urinal that fits into the ground during the day and is pulled up at night.
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