Graffiti (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I still think you can use your position to have a word in someone's ear or to influence - not simply by the systematic Capital Standard. Will you then back calls, that were originally pioneered by the Liberal Democrats, for a ban on the sale of spray paints to unaccompanied youths? And will you also encourage increased use of reparations as the punishment for graffiti, so that youths both undo the damage they've caused but begin to understand and have an increased awareness of their role as citizens.

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Answer

Answer for Graffiti (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Graffiti (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think the ban on the sprays is very important. It does seem to me that what should happen is that everybody that's caught making graffiti, part of their sentence should involve removing graffiti. If these kids all knew they were going to spend the next four weekends from 6.00am until 7.00pm or 8.00pm scrubbing the muck off, they might actually be deterred. I know this is happening with some boroughs, but it isn't universal!