Street cleaner caught urinating against the front of a house
A STREET cleaner was caught urinating against the front of a house in Nottingham.
The city council has "apologised profusely" after the cleaner was spotted relieving himself in St Stephen's Road, Sneinton.
He was seen by resident Steven Farr, who said he was "utterly disgusted".
Mr Farr, 31, who works as an IT technician at a school in Notts, said: "I came out of my house to go to work at about ten past eight, and there was a street cleaner weeing against the front of my neighbour's property.
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"I couldn't believe my eyes. I said, 'Isn't there somewhere else you could do that?'
"He just turned to me and said he had some detergent in the van and he would clean it up himself."
Mr Farr, who has lived in the street for six years, telephoned the city council when he got to work and lodged a formal complaint.
He added: "If he had knocked on my door and asked to use my toilet, I would have happily let him.
"These guys get paid to keep the area tidy and it really shocked me to see that happen. I'm proud of the area where I live and I was just gob- smacked to see a council worker urinating in the street."
Mr Farr, who is a member of Sneinton Tenants' and Residents' Association, said the incident could easily have been seen by a child and set a really bad example to the community. "At that time in the morning kids are on their way to school and they could have seen it," he said.
"I'd bet my bottom dollar that you wouldn't see this happening at a five bedroomed detached property in West Bridgford. It just wouldn't happen. It was just one of those moments when you just can't quite believe your eyes."
The incident on Tuesday comes in the same week the city council said it would cost taxpayers £1,000 to decontaminate a flower bed in the Old Market Square which they say was being used as a toilet by people at the Occupy Nottingham camp – a claim denied by the protesters.
Mr Farr's neighbour, at the house which was at the centre of the incident, did not want to comment.
Councillor Alex Norris, the council's portfolio holder for area working, cleansing and community safety, said: "This is unacceptable behaviour and we are taking the complaint very seriously.
"We have already apologised profusely to Mr Farr, who was as appalled as I am that any council employee – but perhaps especially someone responsible for cleaning the streets – would do this.
"We have also deep-cleaned the area and started a disciplinary investigation."
He added: "There is no excuse for this, since all street cleaning operatives are told that if they need the toilet while on duty away from facilities, they can always return to the depot. The vast majority of our staff uphold the high standards we expect of them and do an excellent job making Nottingham the cleanest big city in the country."