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Alleyway could be fenced and gated off to stop people using historic town wall as a toilet

PUBLISHED: 13:09 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 17 November 2017

The alleyway underneath the Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

The alleyway underneath the Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

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An alleyway could be gated off 
to stop people using Great Yarmouth’s historic town wall 
as a toilet.

The passageway linking Regent Road to Market Gates, passing under the shopping centre above, has become a hotbed for anti-social behaviour.

There is a major issue of people urinating in the passageway at night with the smell persisting 
into the morning, according to 
a report by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to be discussed next week.

Town Centre manager Jonathan Newman said it became apparent over the summer that the town wall arches were being used as a toilet.

He added: “It’s not very good for Great Yarmouth if there’s human excrement there.

“It’s unpleasant for people coming into the town and following the sign for the loo to see people have been using the medieval town wall as a toilet.

“It’s damaging for the reputation of the town. The town wall is on the historic town guide route 
and I often see groups of people 
on tours using that route to look at the wall.”

The report will be discussed by the borough council’s economic development committee on Monday.

It states other issues include people sleeping rough under 
the archways and mess left by people vomiting, human excrement, food waste, wet and soiled bedding and litter.

Another issue is young people jumping off the town wall into the alleyway below, as part of the Parkour craze which involves jumping off obstacles and 
filming it.

Mr Newman said there patrols of the area during the daytime but it was hard to manage the area at night.

The route provides a link to the only public toilets in the town centre and access to the loos would be maintained during their normal opening hours.

Mr Newman added: “It’s not a thoroughfare so if the toilets are closed then there’s no need for anyone to go through there.”

There are two options for the scheme, one costing around £10,000 and the other £14,000.

As a result of complaint from the public, a group of council officers, the police and town centre managers discussed longer term solutions including homeless outreach, more police patrols and more regular cleansing of the alley.

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