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Spray cans to be banned?

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 5:00pm

Such is the rise of graffiti around Cork city, a ban on the sale of spray cans could be on the way.

Two Independent councillors have proposed that Cork City Council take action with three different approaches in order to combat the surge of graffiti across the city.

Cllr Paudie Dineen and Cllr Mick Finn said that due the recent and “very obvious rise” in the defacing of private and public property with graffiti they are calling on the city council to ban the sale of spray paint by way of a by law within the city boundary.

An exception here would be when the sale is to a legitimate business that would use spray paint in the work place.

The councillors have also asked for a log to be kept of the cost incurred by private businesses and the local authority in the removal of tags from their property and that this cost would be added to any fine or penalty imposed on the perpetrators when they are apprehended.

This cost, Cllr Dineen told the Cork Independent, would be then paid back to the business owner.

The third call from councillors Dineen and Finn is that Cork City Council would endeavour to create a space within Cork city that could be used legitimately by graffiti artists to express themselves.

Cllr Dineen said: “The proposal went to the corporate policy group for discussion and there was no final answer. It’s now with the environment functional committee.

“We have the powers to bring in by laws so it should be simple enough.”

He told the newspaper that this proposal to Cork City Council is in response to the overwhelming amount of graffiti that we have in our city. He said that that’s unfair on businesses to have to continuously incur the costs of graffiti removal.

“They have to get rid of it because it’s deemed as littering and they are open to prosecution,” said Cllr Dineen. Barrack Street and Evergreen Street have recently been targeted with graffiti but Cllr Dineen also said that in recent weeks, he’s seen it on Pana.

“If you look over Burger King, beside the new Capitol building on St Patrick’s Street, there’s graffiti up on top of that. They must of have used the scaffolding to get up there,” he added.

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