The council has announced a crackdown on graffiti in Bath and North East Somerset which will cost nearly £1million. Over the next year, homeowners will be able to have their walls cleaned for free in an effort to “beautify” the neighborhood.
Keynsham was the first place to see an increase in graffiti removal and street cleaning. Kelston Road has also had ‘tags’ removed from its notice board, as part of the new Clean and Green campaign.
Domestic properties can now have graffiti removed for free, while commercial property owners can request a quote for the service. A new municipal agent has been hired due to the increase in demand and a new cleaning truck has been purchased.
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There will also be a team of council staff to tend to overhanging foliage and to clean up signs in public parks and on highways. This will all be funded by a one-time sum of £950,000, which was approved by the council in its 2022/23 budget.
Neighborhood Services Council Cabinet Member David Wood joined graffiti removal work in Keynsham to see the process first hand. He said: “It’s great to see how the team is performing in real time and the work they are doing to keep our area clean.
“We are working hard to spruce up our neighborhoods so we can all enjoy them and instill some pride in our area. The additional funding will help our dedicated team do their job effectively, but we really hope to encourage residents to play their part and get involved. yourself either by using Fix My Street to report an issue or by joining a community action day.”
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To arrange graffiti removal, residents and business owners can complete the new online form. Meanwhile, graffiti in public places can be reported using Fix My Street.
Part of the £950,000 is being used to hire more weeding staff and equipment. This is because the council no longer uses glyphosate as a weedkiller, which means manual and mechanical weeding is required.
Community volunteers can do weeding in their area through No Place for Litter Centers through BANES. There you can borrow hoes, brushes and shovels. If you would like to borrow equipment, contact your nearest “No Place For Litter” center at least two to three weeks before the required date. They can make sure the equipment is available and arrange a time for you to pick it up.
There are ‘No Place For Litter’ hubs in Keynsham, Bath, Radstock and Chew Magna. Everyone can organize the loan of tools and waste collectors. You can find out more on the council’s website.
The council said it had also carried out additional ravine clearance as part of the campaign. This includes the removal of trash, leaves and silt from rainwater to ensure that surface water from the road will drain through highway drains, reducing the risk of flooding or flooding. damage to road and paved areas.
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