Have your say on stopping urination in Ilkeston

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A new law is in the pipeline to stop people urinating in public in Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.

Erewash residents are being asked for their views in the final stage of the drive to introduce a new byelaw to stop people urinating and defecating in public areas.

Erewash Borough Council has already carried out an extensive consultation to gather the thoughts of local people and is now giving residents the chance to take a look at the results as well as the details of the draft byelaw.

An EBC spokesman said: “Residents have six weeks to make any final comments ahead of the council asking the Secretary of State to confirm the new legislation.

“Urinating or defecating in public is a problem in many town centres across the country - usually at night and weekends as revellers leave pubs and nightclubs and use shop doorways, alleyways and other areas as ‘toilets’.”

Police currently only have limited powers but a new byelaw would make the behaviour a criminal offence, a move that would help tackle the problem.

A consultation has already been conducted and the findings showed almost exclusively, the issue was seen to be caused by males. Young adults were identified as the main culprits.

A perceived lack of public toilet facilities was seen to exacerbate the problem.

Defecating was not deemed a big problem although people who were surveyed thought the proposed £500 fine was too high.

Copies of the review, the draft byelaw and the areas which would be covered by the new government legislation can be found on the Live Consultations page of the council’s website.

Alternatively, hard copies of the details can be viewed on request at Ilkeston and Long Eaton town hall receptions.

Residents can give their views by emailing the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley colin.handley@erewash.gov.uk or by letter to Colin Handley, Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 31