[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 11:16 GMT
Town loos rising to the occasion
A new high-tech urinal has been introduced in an Essex town centre to stop drunk people urinating in streets and in doorways.

The "urilift" uses a hydraulic lift system to completely disappear underground when not in use.

The open toilet can be used by three men simultaneously.

Colchester Borough Council has located the toilet behind a wall outside the Angel Court building in the High Street to ensure adequate privacy.

It is made from stainless steel and is said to be vandal resistant.

Councillor Christopher Arnold said: "We are determined to work with the police to eradicate the now-common practice of urination in town centre shop doorways by late-night revellers.

"The urilift will help to quell this problem, offering men a public toilet facility after pubs and clubs close up for the night."

Town resorts to disappearing loos
09 Nov 06 |  Cornwall
Pissoirs installed in resort town
27 Jul 06 |  Cornwall

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific