Virgin Media stump up to help Preston City Council crackdown on graffiti

Posted on - 8th April, 2013 - 8:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Council, Preston News
Cleaning up: Virgin Media is helping to remove graffiti

Cleaning up: Virgin Media is helping to remove graffiti

Virgin Media have agreed to contribute towards the cost of cleaning up graffiti on street cabinets.


The broadband company will pay £2,500 a year to Preston City Council to paint over graffiti on cabinets or apply a layer of anti-defacement coating which helps stop vandalism.

The bill for the city council of cleaning up graffiti stands at £40,000 a year.

Neal Walshe, spokesman for Virgin Media said: “We are delighted to be working with Preston Council to combat the anti-social menace of graffiti. We are confident that our joint efforts will result in a significant improvement in the local environment.”

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, said: “Graffiti is something we are determined to tackle in Preston. The council would prefer to spend £40,000 on other services than cleaning up graffiti. Hopefully, when the message get across people might realise the cost of this anti-social behaviour.

“In the meantime, it is great to be able to work with Virgin Media in order to reduce the impact of graffiti on the local environment.”

What do you think of the contribution? Have you seen grafitti in your area? Let us know in the comments below

Image credit to George D Thompson

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