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Tory failure to implement 10-point Plan for Graffiti

June 27, 2003 12:00 PM

At last night's Council Meeting, Wokingham Liberal Democrats called on the Tory administration to fulfil their election promise to rid the district of graffiti.

Councillor Tina Marinos (Lib Dem Councillor for Evendons ward) said, "Over a year ago, the Tories promised in their election literature to tackle graffiti, but the scourge of graffiti is as bad as ever. The Tories produced a "Ten Point Plan", but have failed to make any difference whatsoever. There is new technology available for dealing with graffiti and it's about time the Tories did their homework to deal with it."

Councillor Alan Spratling (Leader of the Lib Dem Group and Lib Dem Councillor of Redhatch ward) said, "I took photographs of some graffiti in June last year and then again last week. In some cases it is clear that the graffiti has not been removed since last June. The Tories don't appear to have done anything to improve the situation at all."

The Tory Ten Point Plan [Lib-Dem comments in brackets]

1. An initial District-wide clean-up of all effected (sic) areas.

[A brief clean-up of part of the District took place in June last year, but this was not comprehensive.]

2. A new treatment, removal and advice service for residents and businesses, plus supply of materials and advice to combat graffiti. This to be co-ordinated with utility companies and local business.

[This service was initiated and put in place by the Lib Dems before the Tories regained control of the Council. The service has not been changed by the Tories since then.]

3. Investigate the use of youth offenders and other volunteers for on-going clean up.

[No action has been taken.]

4. Joint Council/Police/Court Youth Offending Team agreement to be sought to tackle graffiti.

[No action has been taken.]

5. Enhanced 24 hour hot-line for reporting graffiti.

[The Lib Dems introduced the graffiti hot-line when they were in control of the Council. No enhancement has been brought in by the Tories since then.]

6. £1,000 rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction of graffiti vandals.

[No action has been taken.]

7. Removal agreements with other bodies.

[This was already in place before the Tories regained control of the Council.]

8. Campaign in schools and colleges.

[No action has been taken.]

9. Anti-graffiti code for retailers: no sale of spray cans and jumbo markers to under 18 year olds.

[No action has been taken.]

10. The commitment of every Council Department to tackle the problem.

[No action has been taken.]