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Graffiti removed from 2,000 locations in eight months

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Nearly 2,000 locations across the borough which were blighted by graffiti have seen the damage left by vandals cleaned away over the past eight months, new council figures show. 

In that period, approximately 50,000m2 of graffiti – an area the size of seven full-size football pitches - have been cleared away by council teams tackling hotspot areas in the borough where graffiti is having a negative impact on communities. 

Mayor John Biggs and Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, joined the environmental services team recently on their daily graffiti cleansing route to see for themselves the work of the crews in keeping the borough clean. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: 

“Like flytipping and littering, graffiti is a blight on our streets and our environmental services team works hard to keep our streets clean and safe, so that we can all enjoy them." 

“While legitimate street art can contribute to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods, we are absolutely committed to removing offensive, anti-social and illegal graffiti as we know it impacts people’s lives and their feelings of safety.” 

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:  

“We all deserve to live in a borough that is clean, safe and somewhere all of our residents are proud to call home.”  

“We know that residents and businesses are concerned about graffiti and vandalism and we always encourage people to report where it happens in their local area."

“Our crews aim to respond to graffiti reports within five days and will always prioritise removing offensive graffiti as quickly as possible and within 24 hours.” 

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Posted on Monday 20th December 2021