In teams of two, eight professional cleaners spent 126 hours, targeting specific issues across 20 roads in the town centre. Using specialist chemicals, jet washes and re-painting surfaces, they restored shutters, walls, fences, telecommunication boxes, business premises and lamp posts.
In total, they removed 310 pieces of graffiti and more than 150 fly posters, from Dingwall Road to Reeves Corner and Surrey Street to North End.
Shaun Webster, Head of Operations at Croydon BID says,
‘Our teams have been able to work extremely effectively, in one week, to target heavily tagged areas. By working in collaboration, we’ve been able to take visible action in the worst affected and most high profile areas in the town centre. We want a clean Croydon for everyone to enjoy’.
Councillor Stuart Collins, cabinet member for Clean Green Croydon, said: “We take pride in our borough and our teams have worked hard to clean up the town centre.
“Our ERT is continuing to monitor the area and remove graffiti, but if you want to make a difference in your community, why not become a street champion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org”
Graffiti, tagging and fly posting can attract litter and vandalism, and causes a lack of pride in the area, and even the perception that an area is unsafe.
Street Art differs from graffiti in that it is commissioned art. Graffiti is an environmental crime and so the law allows Enforcement Officers to give anyone seen doing graffiti an on-the-spot fine of £80 (Fixed Penalty Notice). Furthermore, prosecution in court for graffiti can result in a maximum fine of £2,500, or even a prison term.
To report anyone seen flyposting, fly tipping, tagging or doing graffiti, use the free Don’t Mess with Croydon app, or report online via My Account at Croydon Council.