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Should a pop-up urinal be installed in Waterloo?

Lambeth residents have been invited to decide whether a pop-up urinal should be installed in Waterloo to discourage late-night revellers from urinating in the street.

Lambeth Council has launched a participatory budgeting scheme which will enable local residents to have a direct influence on how 250,000 of the authority's budget is spent.

"This new initiative will give citizens a greater say on how council funds are allocated to community projects," said Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth cabinet member for finance and resources.

"I urge all residents to get involved in deciding which projects are funded – your choice will really make a difference."

The council has shortlisted twelve projects across the borough which have been divided into three bands of 125,000, 75,000 and 50,000.

The proposal for a pop-up urinal in Waterloo is one of the suggested projects in the 75,000 band.

Residents have long complained about drinkers urinating in the streets late at night. Lambeth already has five pop-up urinals from the Dutch firm Urilift but none are located in the South Bank area.

Self-cleaning pop-up urinals do not require planning permission and do not add to street clutter. By day they appear much like a manhole cover; by night they are lifted to reveal three urination stalls.

More detail on the proposal will be available at the North Lambeth Expo which will be held at Waterloo Action Centre on Saturday 10 October.

Lambeth residents on the electoral register can vote for one project from each of the three bands.

Find out how to vote at – closing date is 18 October.

• Last year a community toilet scheme was introduced in Waterloo

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