Brighton & Hove City Council have launched a new way to report people suspected of illegally tagging or spraying the city’s buildings.
Residents can now call 01273 295063 to give details of any suspicious behaviour, and Council officers will respond quickly.
The phone line is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. A voicemail function is in place to take any messages for calls outside of these hours.
BHCC’s environmental enforcement officers can fine anyone found drawing graffiti on public and private land where they don’t have the landowner’s permission. Fixed penalty notices of £150 will be issued to anyone found committing an offence and any material used to graffiti will be seized. The Council are also working closely with Sussex Police on prosecuting offenders.
“Tagging is becoming an increasing problem in Brighton & Hove,” said Councillor Amy Heley, joint chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee. “It often blights the look and feel of city and costs a huge amount of time and money to remove. We’re introducing this new way of reporting to help reduce the amount of tagging in our city.”
Two recent high-profile prosecutions include a Hove man found guilty of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage and a Brighton man ordered to pay almost £2,000 compensation for tagging offences.
Graffiti includes anything written, sprayed or painted on public or private property. It’s illegal to do this without permission. BHCC’s street cleaning team will remove or paint over any offensive graffiti in public places. This includes anything racist, sexist, ageist, anti-faith, homophobic or full of swear words. They aim to remove offensive graffiti within 24 hours of it being reported. The team are also responsible for removing graffiti on council property, including buildings, benches, signs and streetlights.
If you are in a resident or community group, the Council also have a community clean-up scheme which could give you supplies to paint over graffiti in your local area.
“Our Environmental Enforcement Officers are out and about in the city regularly and will stop and fine anyone they see,” continued Councillor Heley. “But we need your help to tackle unwanted graffiti – if you see anyone tagging in the city, please let us know.”
To report a graffiti problem, or anything else the Council should be aware of, head HERE, or call 01273 295063.
To find out more about BHCC’s community clean up schemes, head HERE.