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News - 26 March 2006

Council devotes resources to graffiti purge

Having tackled the unsightly graffiti in the main streets of the city centre Brighton & Hove City Council is now focusing its attention on the New England quarter. It will be cleaning up Howard Place, near Brighton Station (links New England Road with Terminus Road)

The council is joining forces with Network Rail to clean up the area around Howard Place, and ensure that any future graffiti is dealt with quickly and efficiently.

The council has taken a 'zero tolerance' approach to graffiti and is focusing on the city's main hot spots where weekly monitoring will be carried out in a bid to beat the vandals.

The joint initiative is the beginning of a bigger project to rid the station site of graffiti and clean up the area.

"We hope that this joint project with Network Rail will encourage other local businesses next to railway lines, to remove graffiti from their properties, especially those that face the trains," said Councillor Mitchell. "We want to ensure that people arriving and leaving Brighton and Hove are not confronted by graffiti.

"This will not only enhance the appearance of the area, but improve the feeling of safety for residents and visitors which is a priority for this council."

David Wilks, Network Rail Territory Maintenance Director said: "Every year Network Rail spends £5 million removing graffiti from the railway. As well as being an eyesore, graffiti is a very dangerous crime as it can involve trespass on the railway. After we've done this spring clean with the council, we will be supporting their zero tolerance approach and will work with British Transport Police to prosecute those responsible for spoiling the area."

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