Tuesday, 20 April 2004
Offensive graffiti is being wiped out in our borough and we're saving money at the same time.
This kind of graffiti, which is removed within 24 hours of being reported, usually costs Thurrock Council £50 per square metre. Thanks to new graffiti wipes, the street wardens can remove it immediately at much less cost.
Senior Thurrock Council Street Warden, Tony Pickford, said: "Offensive graffiti, which could be anything from a swear word to a racist comment, is a real problem in Thurrock.
"These new wipes mean that as soon as we see the graffiti, or as soon as it is reported to us, we wipe it out.
"It's a simple idea that will save the council thousands each year."
Tags found among offensive graffiti will be added to the street warden's database for further investigation.
The wipes, which cost £30 per box, were paid for out of funding received from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Neighbourhood Renewal Unit.
Photograph of offensive graffiti removed by the Street Wardens on Saturday, 17 April in Chadwell-St-Mary is available by email. The graffiti was removed within 1 ½ hours of being found. Please contact Dawn Gutteridge in the Press Office.