Volunteers clean-up ‘totally unacceptable’ spate of graffiti in Grantham

Grantham Rivercare's volunteers were busy removing graffiti over the weekend, including from left, Roy Porter, Councillor Nick Craft and Elizabeth Bowskill.
Grantham Rivercare's volunteers were busy removing graffiti over the weekend, including from left, Roy Porter, Councillor Nick Craft and Elizabeth Bowskill.
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With Grantham’s riverside walk being spoilt by a build-up of graffiti in recent months, Grantham Rivercare members decided to take action at the weekend.

Earlier this month the Journal reported on how the area had been blighted by extensive graffiti.

On Saturday, armed with materials provided by South Kesteven District Council, a small group of volunteers set to work cleaning it off.

Grantham Rivercare leader John Knowles said: “On closer inspection the problem proved to be far worse than we originally thought. We found that all the litter bins had been covered, together with many signs and fences.

“The working party spent all morning cleaning and painting, and in doing so brought about a dramatic improvement. A number of passers-by expressed their disgust with those reponsible for the vandalism and their appreciation of the work carried out by the Rivercare.”

“The behaviour of those who cause such damage is totally unacceptable, and I am pleased to hear that South Kesteven District Council is looking at ways of catching offenders with appropriate severe punsishment.”

The award-winning Grantham Rivercare team has been working hard for the past 11 years, and its volunteers say they are determined that the river and adjacent areas will continue to be a delightful place to visit.

Grantham Rivercare is administered by Keep Britain Tidy, and sponsored by Anglian Water. The group’s next clean-up is on Saturday, December 19, starting from Bridge End Road at 10am.