- An illegal, anti-social activity that creates a negative impression of an area and contributes to people’s fear of crime.
- The most common type of property vandalism.
- Often the first element in a spiral of decline. If graffiti is not removed others will feel free to add to it.
- A form of pollution with one group of people imposing themselves on everyone else.
What we will do:
We will look to take action against those who are responsible for graffiti, remove it and recover the costs incurred. Since the beginning of April 2006 we now have the powers to issue fixed penalty notice against offenders.
We can also require owners of property to remove any graffiti and issue fines against owners who refuse to do so.
If graffiti appears on our own buildings, we will remove it as a matter of urgency.
You can report any problems associated with graffiti using the online form or telephone number below.
What can be done about graffiti?
There are a number of tools available to tackle the problem of graffiti. The Government has introduced a ban on the sale of spray paints to under 16’s to tackle the source of the problem by taking away the means to graffiti.
Ways to deter graffiti
- Planting shrubs and other vegetation to make vulnerable areas inaccessible
- Prompt removal
- Use materials and surfaces that make graffiti vandalism difficult
- Apply a clear coat finish to protect painted and unpainted surfaces and use protective film coverings on windows.
- I you see anyone committing vandalism, report it to the Council, police, school authorities, or someone who can take actions - Remember vandalism is a crime.
- Using pastel shades for communal areas rather than white, magnolia or traditional colours reduces graffiti attacks.
What you can do to help
Please use the contact details or online form below to report an incident.
Telephone: 01529 414155
Fax: 01529 308394