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Town council offers FREE graffiti removal service

Posted on Monday 29th July 2019 at 9:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a BSTC operative using steam cleaning equipment to remove graffiti from a wall.

Recent years have seen tagging-style graffiti vandalism become an increasing problem in Bradley Stoke (although fortunately not yet at the levels common in some inner-city areas of Bristol).

Until now, local residents suffering a ‘spray can’ attack on their own private property have had to foot the bill for removal, with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) quoting £76.70 per hour to do the job, but help is now at hand thanks to an initiative from Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC).

Deputy town clerk John Rendell explains:

“The town council has identified the ongoing issues with graffiti around the town and the complications of property ownership that can arise when it appears. The town council is aware that SGC does have a department that offers a graffiti removal service to residents, but at a cost. However, the town council felt that this was something it could offer to residents free of charge.”

“Consequently, the council has purchased an SC3000 steam cleaner [at a cost of £3,882] and devised a waiver document that will allow BSTC employees to attempt to clear the graffiti. The machine has been in full operation for a couple of months now and we have already cleared several instances of graffiti on private property.”

“We will still report all graffiti on non-council business property (such as Virgin Media and BT cabinets) and we hope that the respective organisations are able to clear these in good time, but at least we now have a procedure in place to ensure we can more efficiently tackle other instances of graffiti that may appear around the town.”

Residents can report graffiti to the town council by using the ‘Contact us’ webpage at www.bradleystoke.gov.uk/contact-us.php or phoning the office on 01454 205020.

A suggestion that local ward councillors could be proactive in tracing the owners of private properties which have suffered graffiti vandalism, in order to make them aware of the council’s free removal service, was welcomed as an “excellent idea” at the Annual Town Meeting on 8th May.

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 32). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Frustration at lack of action over graffiti plague

Posted on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 7:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of tagging-style graffiti in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Editorial comment by Stephen Horton.

Anyone living in, or travelling through, the Stokes cannot have failed to notice the plague of tagging-style graffiti vandalism that has swept across our area over the last twelve months. The damage ranges from very large (2m+ wide) tags sprayed on public infrastructure in highly prominent locations to a proliferation of smaller tags sprayed and drawn on bus shelters, road signs and utility cabinets. In some roads, such as Braydon Avenue, it is difficult to find a single piece of street furniture that hasn’t been targeted by the taggers.

Readers who have contacted us on the matter have questioned why our local councils, business property owners and the utility companies aren’t acting to remove the graffiti in a timely fashion. Part of the problem may be that graffiti is simply not being reported, most likely because people don’t know who to contact or are frustrated by the need to make lengthy phone calls or fill in over-complex website forms (this shouldn’t be a problem for Bradley Stoke residents, thanks to Bradley Stoke Town Council – see below).

However, investigations by the Journal have revealed that even when issues are reported, no action is being taken or organisations are frequently failing to meet the timescales they have committed to in their own policies on graffiti removal.

Notable examples include graffiti that appeared underneath the Bradley Stoke Way bridge over Stoke Brook in the nature reserve, where two massive tags were sprayed in late 2017. Despite South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) having a policy for removing graffiti from its own property within three working days, it took two reminders and 48 working days to finally address this instance. Whether the council’s solution of untidily painting over the graffiti with badly matched cream-coloured paint (on a grey concrete background) is actually an improvement, or in any way acceptable in a sensitive conservation area, is open to debate. Needless to say, the newly provided “canvas” was resprayed with a new tag within just a few weeks.

More: Only hate-related or extremist graffiti being recorded as crime »

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Suspect arrested over graffiti in the Stokes

Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

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A man has been arrested as part of an investigation into graffiti in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Patchway and Stoke Gifford.

Tags have been found on electricity substations and bus shelters.

A man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage in Hayes Way, Patchway, just after 1am on Sunday 25th February after patrolling officers came across fresh graffiti. He was later released under investigation while our enquiries continue.

Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218042426. Alternatively, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

A police spokesperson added:

“If you witness someone causing this sort of damage, please call us straight away. It’s 999 if they’re still in the area, otherwise ring 101.”

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Jubilee Centre is latest target in graffiti spate

Posted on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 6:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council.

Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) says it is working with the local police team to combat a spate of tagging-style graffiti on walls, bus shelters and other structures across the town.

In recent months, graffiti images measuring up to 2 metres across have appeared at a number of very prominent sites, including on Bradley Stoke Way (underneath Primrose Bridge and close to the bridge over Stoke Brook), Baileys Court Road, Champs Sur Marne and the new skate park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Other sites that are regularly plagued by graffiti include various locations within the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve and the subway under the Winterbourne Road near Huckley Way.

In the latest incident, a large tag around 2.5m across was sprayed on the wall of the changing room block at the Jubilee Centre. The town council, which owns the block, has since contracted a specialist team at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) to remove it at a cost to local taxpayers of £180.

Figures obtained by the Journal show that 15 incidents of graffiti were reported to BSTC since the start of the year, with eight of these occurring within the first three weeks of September. However, many incidents are thought to go unreported or are dealt with by other authorities, such as SGC.

Members of the public can report instances of graffiti to SGC via its website at www.southglos.gov.uk/report or by phoning Street Care on 01454 868000. Its policy is to clean graffiti from council-owned property within three working days. Priority is given to offensive and hate-related graffiti.

Difficulties arise, however, when the graffiti is on non-council property, such as utility company boxes or on private property. Fortunately, BSTC voluntarily acts a ‘clearing house’ for all cases of graffiti in Bradley Stoke and undertakes to inform the correct agencies e.g. South Gloucestershire Council, Western Power, Royal Mail, BT, depending on the property that has been defaced.

To inform BSTC about graffiti within Bradley Stoke, visit the dedicated webpage at www.bradleystoke.gov.uk/graffiti.php, email administrator@bradleystoke.gov.uk or phone 01454 205020.

More: Graffiti may also be reported via the FixMyStreet app »

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