The restorative justice plan, introduced in Eastleigh, Hampshire, is believed to be the first of its kind in the country
People caught urinating in the streets will have to clean up the mess themselves as part of a groundbreaking new scheme, The Telegraph reports.Instead of being given a fine and facing a court case for weeing in public, offenders will be given the chance to wash the street clean of urine themselves.The plan, introduced in Eastleigh, Hampshire, is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and has been welcomed by traders plagued by people relieving themselves in the streets.The council has prosecuted 10 people for public urination in the past year with fines up to £400.
Under the new scheme those responsible can meet with a representative of the town’s Business Improvement District (BID) who explains what it is like to clear up someone else’s wee. They also spend several hours cleaning the streets.Seven people, all young men, have taken part since the launch of the scheme in December. However, not everyone offered a place on the scheme has accepted, including several women who instead took a fine.One young man who took part said: “I’m ashamed of what I did.
“I hadn’t realised how many people are affected.” Residents in the town seem to be in favour of the restorative justice scheme, introduced by Eastleigh Borough Council. Some said seeing the problems first hand might make people think twice but others claimed it was not enough of a deterrent. Public urination is not a new problem in the town and other innovative plans have been put forward in the past to solve it, including a wheelie bin urinal. Urine hotspots, according to traders, are the alleyways around the high street.
Steve Dalley, owner of the Eastleigh Sewing Centre in the High Street, said he has had to clean up urine but even excrement and vomit. Speaking of people relieving themselves in public, he said: “It does put the town in a bad light. “People should have a little more respect for themselves and for people’s property. “Any punishment has to point out to the individual the error of their ways. “They need to understand that they have a duty to themselves and the environment.”
Teresa Smith, manager of Eastleigh BID, which represents the interests of more than 200 businesses and retailers, said: “I think it’s a really good scheme. “It’s easy to pay a fine but when you have to face someone it has more impact. Also they give something back to the town by cleaning it up.”