Lisburn Council forced to spend hundreds in ratepayers money removing “disgusting” graffiti

Some £700 of ratepayers money has had to be spent by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council cleaning up graffiti over the past two years.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 4:02 pm
Nathan Anderson. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The authority revealed that it had received reports of 70 incidents between March 1 2019 and March 1 2021.

That meant £525 was spent by LCCC to contractors for the graffiti’s removal and £162 was spent on aerosol to remove ‘offensive or detrimental’ graffiti.

Among the properties affected by graffiti were orange halls, council buildings, parks, commercial property and Department of Infrastructure property including footpaths and lampposts.

The information was revealed in a recent Environmental Services Committee.

Graffiti, which is an act of criminal damage under section 1 of the criminal act 1971, can be very difficult to remove and clean-up operations can be very costly.

Chair of the Environmental Services Committee, Nathan Anderson said graffiti had ‘plagued’ Lisburn and Castlereagh for a number of years.

The DUP councillor added: “I know there has been a lot of work put into this and this is something that myself and the vice-chair have been working on together along with the [council] officers.

“I think this a good way for us to deal with the issue of graffiti because we have seen it across our districts. We have so many businesses, churches and community groups that have been affected.

“There are a lot of individuals who want to see their area cleaned up and it’s not always easy to do that and I think this is a very helpful edition to the council.”

Alliance councillor Sharon Lowry praised the council’s ‘swift response’ when called to deal with graffiti in Dundonald that contained racist slogans and symbols earlier this year.

“I would like to record my thanks to Ross Gillanders and his team [in Leisure Services],” Councillor Lowry said.

“They acted swiftly in the removal of the disgusting racial graffiti that appeared in Moat Park in Castlereagh east.

“As soon as the Ross knew about the graffiti, all of the councillors in Castlereagh east had an email in our inbox, it was reported to the PSNI and the team was out removing it.

“Their response to it was fantastic and I want to place that on record.”

In addition, the committee agreed to a budget of £1500 in regards to graffiti and fly posting issues for 2021/22.

nan , Local Democracy Reporting Service