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Uniting to wage war over graffiti

GRAFFITI has unfortunately become a common sight in towns and cities.

GRAFFITI has unfortunately become a common sight in towns and cities. It makes an area look uncared for and can make residents feel apprehensive about more crime occurring in their area.

Safer Solihull has been joined by a team of volunteers to help combat the graffiti problem. Solihull’s Environmental Champions, which include183 individuals and 32 affiliated groups, have been dedicating their time to clean up some of the borough’s graffiti hotspots.

The Champions have completed a number of graffiti cleaning projects and received great feedback from residents, who hope the improved environment will increase respect for their areas and reduce anti-social behaviour.

One of the group’s recent successes has been graffiti clearing in the alley between Water Orton Road and Lanchester Way, Castle Bromwich. Over 60 volunteers attended the project, including pupils from Park Hall School and Tidbury Green Primary School and helpers from organisations such as Solihull Community Housing, Castle Bromwich Youth and Community Partnership and BAM Facilities Management. In total, the team painted over 1000 graffiti tags, completely transforming the former eyesore.

As well as the immediate benefit, the Environmental Champions are involving schools and youth programmes to help educate young volunteers about the consequences of graffiti and the cost, effort and time needed to clean it up.

Cabinet member for safer communities, Councillor Mrs Diana Holl-Allen, said: “The work these volunteers do in clearing up graffiti is superb and has had a positive impact on many areas in the borough.

“Graffiti can ruin an area and affect how people feel about living in their community.

“The Partnership is focused on reducing graffiti and promoting the message that it will not be tolerated in the borough.”

For more information or to find out how to become a Champion yourself, contact Trish Willetts on 0121 704 6534 or email pwilletts@solihull.gov.uk

To report graffiti on public property please call The Graffiti Hotline on 0121 717 1580 or email info@solihullcommunityhousing.org.uk

 

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