Seaside town to set up £170,000 toilets that detect ‘violent movement’

Officials in seaside town set up sensors in public toilets to douse amorous couples with water if they detect ‘violent movement’

  • Porthcawl Town Council is planning on spending £170,000 on futuristic toilets 
  • Sensors will open doors and sound alarms if ‘violent movement’ is detected
  • Weight sensitive floors will ensure only one user could be in a cubicle at a time 

A seaside town is planning to install public toilets that spray occupants with water and sound an alarm if they detect ‘violent movement’.   

Sensors in Porthcawl lavatories will automatically open the doors and sound high-pitched alarms with fine water jets soaking the interior of the units, and weight sensitive floors would ensure that only one user could be in a cubicle at a time. 

The measures, intended to safeguard against ‘inappropriate sexual activity and vandalism’, will cost Porthcawl Town Council £170,000, according to Wales Online.

Porthcawl Town Council is reportedly spending £170,000 on the futuristic toilets (pictured: A design similar to what the futuristic loos will look like)

Porthcawl is planning to install public toilets that spray occupants with water and sound an alarm if they detect ‘violent movement’ (pictured: The existing toilets)

The planning documents detail a range of security features to deter rough sleeping, including an audible warning, combined with the lights and heating being switched off.

All toilets would be fitted with a full high pressure floor and wall washer which could be operated either after every user, or after a certain number of users per day.

Each night the toilets would close for 10 minutes while the unit undertakes a deep clean process.

Visitors to Porthcawl will have to pay to use the toilets, however, it has not been decided how much it will cost.

All toilets would be fitted with a full high pressure floor and wall washer which could be operated either after every user, or after a certain number of users per day (Pictured: The plans for the futuristic toilets)

Twitter users have questioned how the systems, in particular the weight sensitive floors, would work in practice.

One said: ‘Weight sensitive floors to detect more than one user? What baseline weight are they using? I’m easily the weight of two teenagers, and what about people who need assistance? I have to go in with my kids.’

Another added: ‘There are obvious serious questions about weight sensors, with potential for cruel humiliation of facility users.’

The existing facilities are due to close in October, while the demolition and construction of the new building takes place.

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