Graffiti is a Criminal Offence, that not only looks bad, but can attract other crime to the area.
If you are a victim of Graffiti then you should report it to your local Safer Neighbourhood Police team.
The Council will remove Graffiti from private premises free of charge, but however cannot remove graffiti from any private property without first having received the appropriate graffiti removal request form.
This form is accessed via Richmond Council’s Website www.richmond.gov.uk and going to the Environment and planning section, where you can download a Graffiti Removal Request Form (see bit.ly/graffiti ).
St Margarets Safer Neighbourhood Team Twickenham Police Station London Road Twickenham TW1 3SY Tel 0208 721 2912
Quite a good web site for reporting any defect to any council - is www.fixmystreet.com
(I came across it at the top-level "Government portal" - so it can be considered to be officially sanctioned).
It's quite clunky in some respects, but no more so than the local council's own site. The advantage is that there's a map where you stick a "pin" to show the exact location of the problem, attach a photo, and you can later add updates.
They email the report direct to the appropriate council on your behalf, so it pays to be as specific as possible in your description.
There's also an interesting league table of councils with number of defects outstanding against each.
The main exception for which it doesn't work is reporting of defects on "red route" roads such as the A316, for which one must visit TFL at www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/reportastreetfault/934.aspx
EdEd on 2009-01-25 09:47:12 +0000