Crackdown on graffiti to ‘spruce up’ neglected neighbourhoods

The council has announced a crackdown on graffiti in Bath and North East Somerset, which will cost nearly GBP1 million. Over the next year, homeowners will be able to get their walls cleaned for free in a bid to “spruce up” the district. Keynsham was the first place to see increased graffiti removal and more street cleaning.

Kelston Road also had “tags” removed from its noticeboard, as part of the new Clean and Green campaign. Domestic properties can now have graffiti removed for free, while owners of commercial properties can request a quote for the service. A new council officer has been taken on due to the increase in demand and a new cleaning truck has been bought.

READ MORE: New electric car charging points to open in and around Bath There will also be a team of council workers to deal with overhanging foliage and to clean signs in public parks and on highways. All of this will be funded by a one-off GBP950,000 sum, which was approved by the council in its 2022/23 budget.

David Wood, the council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services, joined graffiti removal work in Keynsham to see the process first-hand. He said: “It’s great to see how the team operates in real-time and the work they do to keep our area clean.

David Wood, council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, with a member of the graffiti removal teamDavid Wood, council cabinet member for neighbourhood services, with a member of the graffiti removal team

“We are working hard to spruce up our neighbourhoods so that we can all enjoy them and instil some pride in our area. The extra funding will help our dedicated team to carry out their work efficiently, but we are really hoping to encourage residents to play their part and get involved either by using Fix My Street to report a problem or by joining a community action day.”

READ MORE: Tories must sack PM to give country ‘strong leadership’, says Bath MP To arrange graffiti removal, residents and business owners can complete the new online form. Meanwhile, graffiti in public places can be reported using Fix My Street.

Some of the GBP950,000 is being used to take on more staff and equipment for weeding. This is because the council is no longer using glyphosate as a weedkiller, which means more manual and mechanical weed removal is needed. Community volunteers can carry out weed removal in their local area thanks to the “No Place for Litter” hubs across BANES.

There, you can borrow hoes, brushes and shovels. If you would like to borrow any equipment, contact your nearest “No Place For Litter” hub at least two to three weeks ahead of the required date. They can make sure the equipment is available and arrange a time for you to collect it.

There are “No Place For Litter” hubs in Keynsham, Bath, Radstock and Chew Magna. Each can arrange the loan of the tools and litter pickers. You can find out more on the council website.

The council said that it has also been carrying out additional cleaning of gullies as part of the campaign.

This includes clearing away any litter, leaves and silt from rainwater helps to ensure that surface water from the road will run off through the highway drains, reducing the risk of flooding or damage to the road and paved areas.

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