Loos for one night only?

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

PORTABLE urinals are to make a return to Exmouth on New Year's Eve - but only if the public wants them. Last year, in a bid to prevent the town's doorways being used as public conveniences, four portable toilets were placed at several town centre location

PORTABLE urinals are to make a return to Exmouth on New Year's Eve - but only if the public wants them.Last year, in a bid to prevent the town's doorways being used as public conveniences, four portable toilets were placed at several town centre locations - including The Strand war memorial - for a two-week period during Christmas and New Year.But the move proved controversial and residents demanded the urinals were removed, so this time the public is being asked for its approval before the portable loos arrive.The volley of complaints last year resulted in the two-week trial being halted, the hired £900 portable loos being removed and returned for New Year's Eve.East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership coordinator Gerry Moore said: "This year two pissoirs will be hired again for New Year's Eve unless there is a great deal of public concern about them. "Having learnt from mistakes made last year, we will only be placing them out on New Year's Eve and will ensure they are collected the following morning."The temporary toilets were introduced following complaints from shopkeepers who, since the smoking ban, have seen an increase in urine in their shop doorways left by drunken revellers. The move to introduce the urinals was led by the Exmouth Local Action Group, a sub group of the East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership. Mr Moore added: "The police, who took the lead on this because of many complaints over the years from shopkeepers about people using their doorways as toilets, had the very best of intentions when the initiative was instigated."In the end the pissoirs were only located in the town on New Year's Eve, after which shopkeepers and other local people reported back very positively. "The shops were delighted that for once they did not have to clean up a lot of human mess."To register your opinion contact Gerry Moore on (01395) 273802 or gmoore@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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