Merton Council’s fight against graffiti continues

Merton Council continues its battle against graffiti and litter with community clean up events, most recently at Nelson Hospital on Kingston Road SW20, where local residents, councillors and MPs teamed up to clear litter and remove graffiti.

This event is a part of an initiative of Merton Council to solve the problem of anti-social behaviour in the borough, such as littering and graffiti. The council employs two full-time graffiti officers to work together with the community to tackle the problem through a range of initiatives, community clean-ups being one of them.

Another initiative is the ‘Don’t be an aerosol’ campaign, which was launched at a Graffiti Conference in September. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the problem among 10-16 year olds. The boroughs schools were invited to send two representatives to the conference to discuss the reasons why people tag or graffiti and how it could be stopped. The ‘Don’t be an aerosol’ video and teaching pack, which include ideas for lessons, are now available to schools in the borough.

Alison Broom, Merton Council’s head of street management, said: “Merton is continuing to fight back against graffiti to make Merton a safe, clean and green borough. We are determined that we can tackle the problem head-on if the council, police, residents and businesses all work together.”

For arrange a community clean up or for more information about the Don’t be an aerosol campaign please contact the Graffiti team on 020 8545 4109.