CLEARING up graffiti across Solihull costs the public purse around £150,000 a year, it has been revealed.
Annually, the borough council can expect to be called out to 2500 incidents of vandals scrawling their handiwork across buildings, bridges and other structures.
Now, the local authority has unveiled plans to introduce a “zero-tolerance” policy for people caught committing the criminal damage.
Among the measures suggested are high-profile patrols in hotspots, the wider use of anti graffiti paint and the introduction of a database to try and identify repeat offenders.
“Graffiti is costly to remove and extremely difficult to eradicate,” says the report.
The majority of money is spent removing tags from council houses, with half the annual amount ploughed into the wards of Chelmsley Wood, Smith’s Wood and Kingshurst & Fordbridge.
The Cranmore Boulevard Industrial Estate and Solihull Lodge canal bridge were other areas that experienced problems, as a result of a particularly prolific individual.