Bournemouth residents have called for an end to “senseless” graffiti that litters their towns and buildings in favour for more commissioned street art.
According to Poole council, an estimated £27 million pounds is spent on graffiti removal every year, in England alone.
Councillor Simon Bull, of the Winton East Green Party, described the issue of graffiti in Bournemouth as: “worse in certain places than others.”
It’s not good looking graffiti, it’s not like the murals you get in certain places”
In a bid to reduce public expenditure on graffiti removal, local councils enforce businesses and shops have roller shutters in front of them. It is then their duty to keep them clean.
When a public wall or area is vandalised, Mr Bull explained: “then the council will clean it up and they have teams that go around and do that.”
We spend too much and it’s a waste of public money really. Money could go much better on things that need it, such as the homelessness issue that we are suffering from in this town at the moment.”
Bournemouth is home to some of the most awing murals and commissioned street art, bringing colour and life to the streets.
Mr Bull suggested: “There are opportunities there for people. If they have the urge to spray on a wall, go and get trained and do it properly and do something useful for the community instead of being an unnecessary cost.”
In a survey conducted by YouGov UK, 34% of participants said that ‘all graffiti is vandalism’ while 58% said that ‘some graffiti is acceptable’.
The study also showed that only 15% of participants like graffiti, while 39% disliked it, and 42% were neutral.
The survey showed that opinions were significant to an age gap, with over 60s being twice as likely to dislike graffiti than those age 18-24.
Buzz News reporters spoke to some shoppers Bournemouth about the graffiti problem: