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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 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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Dismay as vandals spoil ‘in Bloom’ efforts

Posted on Thursday 13th July 2017 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of vandalised decorative beehive

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

Sadly, some of our work has been the target of vandalism in recent weeks, both at the Twinned Roundabout (bottom of Brook Way) and The Common East.

Twinned Roundabout

We, and many of the town’s residents, were hugely disappointed to see that our beehive was again targeted by vandals and although their first attempt failed, their second attempt to do some damage did not. Two panels, the roof and the supports posts have all been badly damaged, some beyond repair and many plants were trampled and will need to be replaced. From the complete hand print one of them kindly left on the roof we know that at least one of them has small childish hands and earlier had probably tried to climb something painted with anti climb paint. This is criminal damage and it has formally been reported to the police as such.

On a positive note, although it is a genuine ‘WBC’ hive, for the safety of the contractors who cut the grass, we had removed the base and the combs to discourage real bees from nesting in it, so no bee colony was harmed in the attack. In further good news, Almondsbury Garden Centre has offered to replace all the damaged plants for free, and once the police have finished with the roof, the hive will be repaired and replaced.

More: Vandalism on The Common East. June workday. »

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Tyres slashed on seven vehicles in one night

Posted on Thursday 8th June 2017 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a Vauxhall Corsa with two flat tyres on Hawkins Crescent.

Police are appealing for information after a number of vehicles had their tyres slashed in Bradley Stoke and Patchway on a single night in May.

The incidents happened overnight Friday 12th to Saturday 13th May. Six cars had one or more tyres damaged in Hawkins Crescent, Bradley Stoke and one vehicle was similarly targeted in Gloucester Road, Patchway.

One resident of Hawkins Crescent writing on the Bradley Stoke Journal Facebook page said a neighbour had reported seeing “two lads on bikes acting very suspiciously” at around 11.20pm on the night of the incidents. Another resident said she had called the police on 101 at around the same time to report stones being thrown at cars on her drive.

The second resident later reported that her daughter’s car, parked on the road, had been found with two flat tyres the next morning, adding that a number of other cars up and down the road from her house were also seen to have flat tyres.

Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in relation to the damage to the cars, which included two Ford Fiestas, a Ford Ka, a Vauxhall Corsa, a Toyota Yaris, a Volkswagen Polo and a Mercedes Viano.

The total number of tyres damaged across the seven vehicles is unknown, but four days after the incidents, a Journal reporter observed three vehicles, with five flat tyres between them, parked on Hawkins Crescent. The car targeted in Patchway is understood to have had two tyres slashed.

Anyone with any information which could help the police investigation is asked to get in touch online via, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217106530.

Alternatively, you can phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

More: "Call 999 if you see anyone tampering with a neighbour’s vehicle" »

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