Parkview residents fight unwanted graffiti in the area
The Parkview community is unhappy with the boom in unwanted graffiti painted on road signs, which makes it hard for residents and visitors to see road signs. Every month the Parkview Residents’ Association (PRA) hires a team to clean road signs tainted with unwanted graffiti has also been seen on walls and infrastructure in the suburb.
The PRA also hires a team to paint the brown wall at the Parkview Golf Club every few months. Carly Emslie Kelly, the marketing and communication liaison of the PRA said there is a whole following and culture around graffiti which makes it difficult to deal with. They have never seen the people behind this and they hope to find them to make them aware that they are making their area look messy.
Residents of Parkview went to their post office on April 27 to clean the unwanted graffiti paint on the wall. Kelly thanked residents, Lyska Walters and Francois Burger for the donation of paint as well as for stepping up and going to the post office to remove the graffiti.
Bridget Steer, ward 87 councillor said, ” I am immensely grateful to all the residents’ associations who assist with the removal of graffiti in their areas. Unfortunately, the city doesn’t have a department or team that attends to these types of issues. It’s something we would like the Augmented Field Service teams to take on in the future once they have been fully capacitated with tools of the trade.”
Kelly said the only solution, for now, is for the community to catch those perpetrators in the act and file a case of vandalism against them. She said that it is hard to catch them as they can even paint in front of the police station and still not be caught.