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No pee, no poo, no go!

A lane off one of Boston's most historic streets is being used as a test bed for areas requiring drastic action to combat anti-social behaviour.

So far all attempts at persuading people not to use Archers Lane, off Wormgate, as an open-air toilet have failed.

Now one end of the lane, nicknamed "poo corner" has been temporarily fenced off, physically preventing access from the area most frequently used by people looking to "spend a penny... or two".

The "gated" lane will test the effectiveness of denying access. Gating orders are not normally issued.

The two Boston Borough Councillors behind the scheme originally appealed to people "caught short" to not urinate there and launched a "polite message" poster campaign.

Cllrs Carol Taylor and Mary Wright, who represent Witham ward, placed posters showing a "banned" symbol over the silhouette of a male figure urinating with a short message in English, Polish, Latvian, Russian and Portuguese.

Cllr Taylor said: "We have to face facts - the evidence shows that people are going to continue to do this despite requests and posters, persuasion and threats. All we can try now is to close off areas like this which are most frequently used.

"We are hoping that the fence at poo corner will have the desired effect this time."

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Meeting at poo corner: The temporary barrier erected to prevent access to Archers Lane, which has been used as a toilet. From left, Cllr Carol Taylor, Wormgate business owner Rebecca Callow, the Cake Lady, and Cllr Mary Wright

Cllr Wright added: "Although Archer's Lane can be accessed from Wormgate, those using the other end as a toilet come across from the Fountain Lane car park. Shrubbery and foliage in the area of poo corner was removed and reduced and the area planted to look more cared for to deny any convenient hiding places for anti-social activity."

Residents and businesses in Wormgate have complained about the nuisance persisting and are hopeful, this time, that a physical barrier at the troublesome end of Archers Lane will do the trick.