A new byelaw is soon to be made to give police new powers to crackdown on people urinating and defecating in public areas of Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.
Erewash Borough councillors unanimously gave the green light to progress the making of the new law at a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday (9 March).
Residents were asked for their views on bringing the new byelaw into force during a widespread consultation last year and there was overwhelming support for the move.
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 have only limited powers but the new byelaw will make the behaviour a criminal offence and anyone caught will face a fine of up to £500. The council’s neighbourhood wardens will also support police officers in enforcing the byelaw.
The council must now publish a notice of the making of the byelaw locally and on its website and written representations can be made during a set time frame of not less than 28 days.
It is hoped that the byelaw will be in place by the summer and signs will be put up in the two town centres informing the public that it is in force.