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Reported via Android in the Graffiti category by Mark Franks at 12:49, Fri 24 January 2020

Sent to Oxford City Council 3 minutes later

Graffiti on side of Berry Close. Firstly, do not take this down until you have cleaned it as I duplicate my reports and local residents have a right to know Oxford City Council have not cleaned this since I first reported it in September. Secondly, this is actually on the side my home and family pays hundreds of pounds in council tax so we really do not like the council suggesting we should be paying more money to actually get in cleaned in a reasonable time.

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  • Oxford City Council no longer charge private residents for the removal of graffiti when the removal is part of the ward removal schedule if an individual does not want to wait until my graffiti removal team are back in their ward they have the option to pay for the removal. This area is a hot spot for graffiti, no sooner after we remove the graffiti a new one appears. which happened in this case. If you would like to pay for the removal to be done now, please contact alternatively we are due back in Blackbird Leys ward at the end of February / beginning of March

    Posted anonymously at 14:07, Fri 24 January 2020

  • Firstly, I am sorry you are very much mistaken, this has been on the side of the wall since September. Secondly, I would like Oxford City Council to clean it when they say they will, first it was January 2020 now March 2020. Please stop moving the goal posts me and the residents have been waiting long enough.

    Posted by Mark Franks at 16:21, Fri 24 January 2020

  • Mr Frank we had already renoved all the graffiti that was in BBL ward at the time we were there July/Aug 2019. More sprung up in the ward and Littlemore after we have completed. This is why we come back. Not in the same order as the first sweep, but revisiting the areas like, Iffley, BBL and Littlemore first as they have been re-hit the worst. the VOKE tag on your wall is one that sprung up last summer in the south of Oxford, and it is prolific hence the removal timetable from each ward has increased from my original timetable as there was very little graffit in the south. This is no longer the case and therefore each ward clearance takes longer. It is a schedule not a timetable and therefore needs to be fluid, I know sometimes it is difficult to understand why removals sometimes take a long time, but if we return to the old way of darting all over the city most graffit will remain for years because no one reports these and we only remove those that are reported. it wastes resources like time and fuel. BBL is 1 of 24 wards in a very dense city with lots of small alleys and side streets which does need someone on the ground (me) to thoroughly check for graffiti large and small.

    Posted anonymously at 10:29, Sun 26 January 2020

  • As a Blackbird Leys Councillor I regularly do walkabouts and report the issues around the BBL Parish as many things as my time allows. I am well aware in the rise in Graffiti around the whole of Oxford from these walk about. It is not the fact that it is my wall, but rather I find it worrying that the City Council seems not to have allocated the budget needed to clean graffiti if it is taking 5 plus months ; you admit you de-prioritised cleaning up in BBL and Greater Leys for over 5 months which is a long time. This is a long time and you suggest it is a one off due to extra work caused by a few prolific vandals but it is fast becoming the new norm. You can talk about it being a ‘schedule not a timetable’ much like the Oxford City Councillors like to talk about affordable housing being ‘target not a requirements’ but I think it is nothing more than a defence of the City Council trying to trying to 'wing it' without anyone noticing. I ask a basic question when are the City Council going to recommence cleaning of graffiti in my area, which you are unable to even give me an idea when you will start cleaning graffiti again in these areas? First it was January, then March, and now you seemingly cannot give me an idea of how long it will take; why can you not give me an answer to a basic question?

    I have been incredibly tolerant with the City Council about all the graffiti I have reported on my walk parish about. It is not for me to decide how best to clean up 'graffiti', and I quite frankly don't care how the city council organise its cleaning programme as long as it cleans it up in a reasonable time but it is really does not seem to be the case currently. I have few concerns: Firstly, as 'broken windows theory' low level crime such as graffiti normalises more care serious crime. Secondly, the City Council keeps taking down reports of graffiti; I have no idea if the council workers are incompetent due to lack of training or something, but there is no excuse to take down reports and saying they have been fixed. Which leads me to believe that OCC have been purposely misleading the public as it does not exactly make the city council good; if it is the latter then the city council should be embarrassed of itself as that is a quite serious offence. Can you promise me you things will not be taken down until they have been fixed in the future?

    I only ask a few things of the city council; Firstly, to stop taking my reports from my parish council walkabouts down when the work is unfinished. Secondly, to give me an approximate time when the work will be done when I report things. Thirdly, give me a update if the graffiti is not cleared and reason why. Is that too much to ask? Fourthly, to consider why how to deal with graffiti in more efficient manner.

    Best wishes,

    Mark Franks

    Posted anonymously at 18:27, Sun 26 January 2020

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