John McLellan: Desecration of Edinburgh’s Telfer Wall demands action

Graffiti on Edinburgh's historic Telfer Wall
Graffiti on Edinburgh's historic Telfer Wall
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Readers angered at the desecration of the Telfer Wall by graffiti vandals are unlikely to be mollified by the statement by SNP transport and environment convener Lesley MacInnes that anti-social behaviour will be best tackled by the council’s “Our Edinburgh” advertising campaign.

While a marketing initiative might easily tick the “something must be done” box, it’s hardly the first thing on the minds of those who choose to spray giant red letters on a historic monument, or who are blighting virtually every street in the city with their scrawls.

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Back in September my colleague Cllr Callum Laidlaw proposed setting up a graffiti task force to work with the police, yet with the support of Labour and Green councillors it was dismissed by Cllr McInnes who instead asked for a report to the communities committee.

That committee has met twice since the task force was rejected, and guess what? No graffiti report.

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