In spite of the proliferation of free toilets, and of signs warning of 120-euro municipal sanctions, 236 people were fined during the Gentse Feesten festival in Ghent for urinating on the streets in the past few days, for a total of 28,320 euros. This represents 10% of the cost of installing and running free toilets already. The town announced that for the second year running it would give free access to all toilets in place on this occasion at a cost of approximately 250,000 euros in equipment and maintenance.
The fine for urinating on a public highway has been increased from 60 to 120 euros.
Gentse Feesten saw approximately 390,000 visitors in the past 3 days, more or less the same as last year. There were no serious incident.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)