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Tuesday 11 May 2010

THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL – Council Launches Crackdown On Graffiti

Cheshire East Council has joined forces with utility companies and housing associations to wipe out graffiti and fly-posting.

The aim is to get these problems reported and cleaned up as quickly as possible – and so stop this crime in its tracks.

Any YOU can help too – by letting Cheshire East Council know of any graffiti or fly-posting in your community and helping us bring the culprits to justice.

Housing associations as well as water, gas and electricity companies are boosting Cheshire East’s crackdown by reporting graffiti and illegal fly-posting. The move is part of the council’s new Defacement Charter.

Councillor Rod Menlove, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Graffiti is a serious crime and fly-posting is a community issue so we are working together with our partners to clean off graffiti and remove fly-posting in Cheshire East.

“Evidence shows immediate removal of graffiti and fly-posting can help to reduce it spreading further. Information is power, and we are asking for as much detail as possible to be sent to us, including photographs, to help us identify the scrawl and, possibly, the offender.

“It is important to join together as a community to combat this common problem and help improve the appearance and character of Cheshire East.”

The council’s Streetscape team aims to remove offensive or racist graffiti, where it is Cheshire East’s responsibility, within 2 working days of any sightings or reports. All other reports of graffiti or fly-postings, that are the responsibility of Cheshire East to remove, will be dealt with within 10 working days.

Where Cheshire East is not the responsible landowner, the Streetscape team will make the necessary contacts and offer advice and guidance.

To report graffiti or fly-posting contact Streetscape on
01270 537864.

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