A one night graffiti spree in Broadstairs and St. Peter’s has left Council taxpayers with a bill of more than £1,200, less than 24 hours after Thanet Council’s graffiti hit squad cleaned both areas.
The spate included 14 sites in St. Peter’s, the seafront shelter opposite the lift on Broadstairs promenade, the Clocktower opposite Chandos Square and steps on the promenade. All were attacked between the early hours of Saturday morning and Sunday morning, after a hit squad was sent in on Friday to clear up graffiti from the previous weekend.
Some sites have now had graffiti sprayed on them three times in as many weeks and the estimated cost of graffiti removal since the start of the financial year is around £15,000.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “These vandals are costing us all a fortune. Leaving the graffiti is just not an option – it’s making the area look appalling and we are determined to restore pride in Thanet and make sure everyone remembers just how beautiful our area is. We can’t do that, while our buildings and surfaces are being attacked every week and covered in graffiti. We are doing everything that we can to catch these people, but we need the public’s help. If you see any graffiti being sprayed, then please call the police. It’s costing us all a fortune every year and we need to stop it.”