Thursday, February 08, 2007

Get rid of Graffiti Campaign

Local Lib Dem campaigners in Dunston, Dunston Hill, Lobley Hill and Bensham, Councillor Yvonne McNicol and Susan Craig have launched a "Get Rid of Graffiti" campaign after being contacted by residents worried about the impact of graffiti in the area.

Ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities is at the heart of what Liberal Democrats stand for. And in their regular tours of Dunston, Yvonne, Peter and Allison have been taking up graffiti cases on behalf of residents.

"Even small amounts of graffiti for example on street signs, can have an effect, it all adds to the general feeling of neglect," said Yvonne.

"It is very important to ensure the graffiti is removed swiftly and I have logged many occurrences of graffiti with Gateshead Council’s graffiti hotline. Some of these have already been cleared up, others are in the system awaiting removal. We will keep residents up to date with progress."

If you see graffiti and want to report it directly to the Council, contact: Local Environmental Services on 433 7000 (24 hour line). You can also report it via email on

The Council has agreed to remove graffiti on Council owned property as quickly as possible after it is reported. However, there are no powers available to the Council to clean up non-council owned property. Your local Lib Dem Councillors are putting pressure on the owners of property covered in graffiti to have it cleaned.

Here are some examples of graffiti Yvonne and Susan are currently tackling in the area:
5 BT equipment boxes on Dunston Bank
2 BT equipment boxes on Woodburn Gardens
various BT boxes on Woodside Gardens, Ede Avenue, Douglas Gardens and outside the Church Hall on King George Avenue to name but a few of the locations reported
post box on Knightside Gardens (the order for the removal of the graffiti there has been placed with the Royal Mail’s contractor)
BT boxes on Malvern Gardens, Lobley Hill
Various street signs in Bensham and Teams.

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