Bury St Edmunds Town Council joins battle against graffiti
A scheme to clean graffiti from the buildings of businesses in Bury St Edmunds town centre has been expanded in a new partnership.
Bury St Edmunds Town Council has taken inspiration from the town’s Business Improvement District, which has removed graffiti for its members free of charge for the last six years.
The council’s initiative will be open to everyone else in the authority’s area using the BID’s contractor Rowlinson Commercial.
Cllr Andrew Speed, town council chairman, said they became involved because ‘we should value and preserve our environment, not be complacent about it or wait for others to sort it out’.
Last week Rowlinson removed graffiti from across the town including the vacant Blomfield House, in Looms Lane, and the former Argos, in Buttermarket, which will be paid for by the town council and the BID respectively.
Asked about the council’s budget for the scheme, Cllr Speed said it is currently funded from the general account and the new council will need to consider how to budget from May.
He added that it ‘would be a good use of locality funds too’.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of the BID Our Bury St Edmunds, said the aim of both schemes is to respond quickly when they are made aware of graffiti.
“The whole thing with graffiti is the broken windows syndrome - repair it and get rid of it otherwise more is likely to follow,” he said.
“It’s important to deal with it promptly and to ensure the environment remains looking pleasant.”
Mr Cordell also called on graffiti vandals to stop.
“It doesn’t enhance the town centre and at this time we’re having to work very hard to encourage more people to come to Bury and how wonderful Bury looks is a key part of our attraction.”
BID businesses should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for the town council scheme, email email@example.com