Graffiti ruining the Brighton Hippodrome development

RESTORATION workers at a historic city venue are embroiled in a fight against graffiti.

Brighton’s Hippodrome on Middle Street is undergoing a huge makeover as developers painstakingly bring the venue back to life.

Rich in tradition, it has previously hosted The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Chuck Berry.

But the building’s new exterior paint is constantly plagued by eyesores – leading developers to battle an “infinite” scourge of illegal graffiti.

“We have a permanent marker in front of the hippodrome,” said a spokesman.

“It’s an iconic development and we’ve been afflicted by this tagging plague.

The Argus: The building has recently been repaintedThe building has recently been repainted

“What’s annoying is we just had it repainted and then the taggers came over and painted it over again.

“The street is dimly lit, beginning to bring to mind the days of Quadrophenia.”

The ‘permanent’ graffiti comes as Brighton and Hove City Council unveils its action plan to tackle the taggers.

Cityclean staff remove graffiti from public furniture such as trash cans, benches and street signs. Environmental enforcement officials then inspect the areas and warn the street furniture-owning organizations and issue fines if they don’t act.

Mittelstraße is included in the project.

Councilwoman Hannah Clare, Deputy City Council Chair, said: “We know many residents have a passion for graffiti and tagging and we are committed to finding new ways to eliminate it.

“We have been working with other partners such as the police on a variety of measures to combat the growing problem of graffiti vandalism.

“Our goal in treating problem roads individually is to create clean areas where residents, dealers and visitors can see the difference.

The Argus: New marking of the buildingNew marking on the building

“We hope this will encourage people to work together to keep areas graffiti-free for longer.”

The plan will first tackle graffiti in Hove before concentrating on Preston Street, Ship Street, Middle Street and Upper Lewes Road until November.

The councilor said it only removes graffiti if it is offensive or on its property but will fine anyone caught committing a graffiti offense £150 and confiscate used equipment.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We understand the impact graffiti is having on residents, businesses and the wider Brighton and Hove community.

“Tackling the problem is a key focus for the department, with a dedicated graffiti officer within the department’s Neighborhood Policing Team.

“Our officers maintain visible patrols throughout the city and particularly in areas that have been highlighted as of particular concern.

“These officers are working with the community to gather information that will allow us to identify the areas most affected by graffiti to ensure our resources are used in the most effective way

“We are also working closely with our community partners to share information and highlight repeat offenders who can be prosecuted and brought to justice.

“As a department, we will support the Council’s forthcoming year-long program of targeted actions.

“Please report any crime or concern through the Sussex Police website by calling 101 or dialing 999 if it is an emergency.” Graffiti ruining the Brighton Hippodrome development

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