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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Next meeting London Road LAT #Brighton 14th Feb – Subject HMO’s

Our next meeting is Feb 14th 2017 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church hall, Viaduct Road, Brighton.

We have a special guest speaker Cllr Tracey Hill. She has been doing excellent work by setting up a series of meetings co-ordinating community and Council responses to the issue of HMO’s (= houses in multiple occupation).

HMOs are both a blessing – to people needing affordable housing, and a problem – because they have a reputation for not promoting good neighbourliness and good standards of upkeep and householding. E.g Viaduct Road.

This also links up with issues of #studentification.

It will be a very interesting meeting #highlyrecommended

Draft Agenda 14th Feb 2017

  1. Welcome, apologies, introduction
    1. future dates and meetings
  2. Community Safety issues, policing and licensing
    1. – update on Level has been requested from Insp. McCarthy and Community Safety Team
    2. drug dealing in local residential streets – update requested
    3. Update from LAT chairs meeting  (January)- N.B. Police website has removed all reference to LATs, a new, unfinished draft “service arrangement” sheet has been circulated to LAT chairs
  3. Special Guest Speaker – Cllr Tracey Hill
  4. Plans for publicity and funding – to note
  5. News and Updates
    1. parking in zone J
    2. Viaduct Road progress
    3. Business Improvement District progress
    4. Level Communities Forum matters (if any)
  6. Any other business – please notify before the beginning of the meeting.

Happy Valentines day!