Northampton Borough Council tackles illegal business graffiti

Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Northampton Borough Council has acted quickly following a spate of graffiti in the town centre this morning [2 November].

The graffiti, promoting a local pub, was sprayed on pavements along Fish Street, the Drapery and St.Giles Street, which has just reopened after refurbishment.

Following reports of the incident, the Borough Council’s planning enforcement team investigated and soon identified the business involved. Enforcement officers visited the premises to explain that their actions contravene planning regulation and that the matter will be reported to the police.

A clean-up team from Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council’s highways department successfully removed the slogans from St Giles Street and Fish Street within a few hours and is pursuing the removal of the slogans from the Drapery.

Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn, said: “We were shocked to see the graffiti around the town centre, especially on St. Giles Street which looked wonderful when it reopened just 10 days ago. It was even more upsetting to learn that the paint used may leave a permanent mark, but we acted as quickly as possible and have been successful in limiting the damage.”

“I recognise that local businesses work hard to promote themselves and we support creative ideas.  However, we also need to take fast and effective action, especially when an infringement damages areas that have recently had so much public investment to enhance them.”