Graffiti concern – open letter to Cllr Emma Daniel – 24th April 2018

To Brighton City Council via Cllr Emma Daniel,
Major concern regarding exponential growth of graffiti across our City

Chairpersons representing a wide variety of community groups across the city wish to voice their concern regarding the massive increase of graffiti and tagging across the city, particularly over the last twelve months. We are requesting leadership and urgent action from our elected representatives to address this issue.

‘Tagging’ alongside unwelcome ‘commissioned’ graffiti on public, private and even architecturally significant properties, has reached alarming levels. It is rarely painted out by the council or by property owners and, based on feedback from residents, our police service no longer respond to reports of active tagging. It seems clear to us that if there is an existing BHCC strategy regarding reducing and removing graffiti, it is failing. The result is that our historic and attractive city is becoming an eyesore as more and more areas become ugly, feel unwelcoming and even threatening.

It is unclear from the council’s constitution and committee structure where the responsibility for this area lies and what role the police should play. We therefore request that the Chairs of the three committees where leadership on this issue would possibly best reside, meet to agree who will take the initial lead.

Namely;
Cllr Gill Mitchell: Environment
Cllr Emma Daniel: Neighbourhoods
Cllr Alan Robins: Tourism

We do recognise the severe financial constraints that the council is working within, however this cannot release the council from its leadership role in coordinating action and finding a resolution to this ever- growing problem which is fouling our city. Graffiti deters visitors, distresses residents and creates unsettling ‘no go’ areas where antisocial behaviour grows. It costs local businesses income and reduces the quality of life of Brighton & Hove residents.
We feel sure that a creative strategy can be developed.

This ought to be
· via leadership from the Council
· developed with communities
· on a city-wide basis
· enlisting cross-party support
· encouraging local people to play an active part
· setting out clearly the boundaries of what is acceptable for our city
· persuading property owners of their responsibility
· with strong city-wide publicity
· and a clear line on enforcement

We feel that this sort of approach can halt the graffiti scourge.
We look forward to hearing your response

Signed/Community group:

Philip Wells Chair, London Road Area Local Action Team
Maureen Winder Chair, Triangle Community Group
Annie Rimington Chair, Round Hill Society
Sandy Crowhurst Chair, Environment, North Laine Community Assn

24/4/18

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Ramble round the [not 40] Stone Circle, London Road, #Brighton 6/12/15 12 noon at Lloyds Bank

For all who are interested in the “Stone Circle” in London Road – we have received this information from the organisers.

…there’s a ramble/walk of the stone circle this Sunday 6/12/15 12 noon. .. the details are here: http://www.meetup.com/Brighton-and-Hove-Urban-Rambling-Meetup/events/226680544/

Details here.

A new “myth” for London Road #Brighton – a stone circle

Five student members of “The Brighton School” have created a new “myth” for London Road in the form of a mysterious stone circle.

The 40 stones have been implanted in the London Road area in various places many of which are visible to curious passers-by.

The stones were orginally unused stone slabs adjacent to St Peter’s church, near the taxi rank. They were about to be thrown away – but have now been reused for this new idea.

Where stones have been re-sited on private land the landowner is under no obligation to display the stones, or to keep them permanently – but we hope that many of the them will endure to form a long-term and intriguing monument.

Perhaps not as long-lasting as stone henge though.

It’s a bit different to the usual public art!

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The students sent out an explanation to all the people whose land would be involved, see below:

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The project was Funded partly by European money – via Recreate by INTERREG, the European Regional Development Fund plus Section 106 money from local development.

More details at www.brightonsch.tumblr.com or www.spacemakers.info