Graffiti (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I feel very positive about you setting Capital Standards over graffiti, and I also have some sympathy with boroughs that feel that they are already meeting some basic standards. One interesting thing that came from the investigation, which was very much across the typical party political activity you had on the Assembly, was just how variable the standards were across London in terms of the amount of resources that were being provided.

Can I suggest to you some other interesting things to investigate with boroughs? There's also what the international standards are as well. In many cities in the States, the standard you referred to in Ealing - I think it was a 24-hour cleansing rate - is one that is very common, but it's something that's not very common in London.

Some very good work has been done in terms of making a difference in boroughs like Bexley and Barnet, where different agencies have worked together. That is also something that could be within the Mayor's Capital Standards - trying to encourage that type of good quality cross-agency working. Something we picked up in the investigation was the issue of youth service provision, and the Assembly may be very keen to work with you to identify weaknesses in that provision across London.

The last point that I wanted to make was that London local authorities are working together with legislation in the house to ban the sale to unaccompanied youngsters. Could we also, as an authority, lobby for legislation to not just ban those sales in London, but nationally as well, because there's not much point, if you live in Bexley and can go down to Dartford to go and get a hold of the materials as an unaccompanied minor? Is this something we, as an authority, could perhaps lobby on?

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Answer for Graffiti (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Graffiti (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I'd be happy to do that, and support a joint approach by the Assembly and myself to government. All the points that you make are very sensible. I suspect there isn't a lot of graffiti on Metropolitan Police Association property. Trafalgar Square is fine, and Parliament Square is fine for obvious reasons - we have wardens there. The only area where we have any substantial presence in regard to graffiti would be on buses. I would be interested to look at how individual bus companies clean graffiti off their buses, because the big change in this will be when the Underground is transferred and we will suddenly have over 250 stations and trains. Bob Kiley broke the graffiti problem in New York by making sure every train was cleaned within 24 hours, and therefore we'll look at what the graffiti problem is on London Underground property, and it will be a priority for Bob to tackle it.

Andrew Pelling: May I just quickly just point out the Underground had no assistance from us, so they couldn't tackle all the graffiti and they were neglecting parts of the system.