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In central London, a borough famous for its nightlife but also home to thousands, is trying a new way to tackle the public’s urination problem: anti-pee paint. in about a dozen problem areas – restaurants, theaters and other entertainment venues, as well as apartments and houses – he treats the walls with a special spray liquid. “It’s very effective – the proof is in the pudding,” local councilor Aicha Less told AFP, demonstrating the innovative invisible paint’s ability to bounce back with a bottle of water. Westminster City Council launched the initiative after complaints from some of Soho’s nearly 3,000 residents, as well as workers and operators. “Peing isn’t very pleasant and our residents are very upset,” Less said when a contractor finished spraying a brick wall in a quiet residential street. “They walk out their front door in the morning and you just smell urine,” she added. Local people “have the right to live in a clean and safe environment”. The municipality, which learned of the anti-peeping paint after it had been used by another local authority and in Germany before, is aiming to improve the walls at 10 hot spots in Soho. Contractors are erecting signs at targeted sites indicating spraying and the message “This wall is not a urinal”. Westminster spends around £1 million ($1.24 million) a year on street cleaning, including peeing in alleys. Less hopes this new strategy will reduce that bill. “We’ll see what effect this has, say in six months, and if there’s less stink in the air,” she said. – ‘Smelly streets’ – While public urination can be a nuisance in urban areas with high nightlife around the world, locals believe Soho is particularly prone to this problem. The 0.25-square-mile (0.6-square-kilometer) area in the heart of the UK capital is home to more than 400 homes. According to local resident Tim Lord, about a quarter of buildings licensed to sell alcohol are up late at night. But Lord, who chairs the Soho Society community group, said this is accompanied by a decreasing number of permanent public restrooms. The remaining underground toilets are closed during the pandemic and will not yet reopen: There are rumors that one will be sold and turned into a bar or other business venture. It certainly smelt of Ets, Soho indoors in the summer,” Lord said. “If the pee paint works, it will lessen the stink problem of the streets, especially in the summer, that would be welcome. We hope it works out.” Westminster City Council is also considering imposing further fines for public urination, a crime that can cost offenders £50 ($62) or £80. From Thursday to Sunday, when the area is busiest. But Lord, Soho He argues that the reduction in the number of permanent public toilets in the UK is “very odd” given the nightlife, which is part of a “unique British problem” that needs to be reversed. If you don’t have to travel very far in Europe or North America, it’s perfectly clean, good You will find working public toilets,” he said. a long way, a conservation area. “I wish our local council had taken care of this — it’s a great place to live and a place that needs to be clean.” jj/phz/jj

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