I am writing to let your readers know the good news that independent assessors Capital Standards/ENCAMS found graffiti sprayed in the borough's streets graffiti had been cut by half since last year.

The impressive achievement has been attributed to the work of the Brent Graffiti Partnership Board, which includes Brent Council, Metropolitan and British Transport Police, London Underground and Brent Housing Partnership.

The initiative was set up in May 2007 to help the partners work together to crackdown on graffiti vandalism.

Since it was set up: * it has established joint working procedures and shares intelligence * police have caught 12 graffiti vandals who have had to sign acceptable behaviour agreements * Brent Council has deployed a fourth graffiti removal team * and plans have been put in place to clean the Jubilee Line and neighbouring buildings.

The most recent report from Capital Standards/ENCAMS showed how effective the new style of working was.

From April to July 2008, 89 per cent of Brent sites inspected were totally free of graffiti.

Last year, the independent assessors found that 79.4 per cent of places they checked were graffiti-free.

Brent Council and partners are working closely together on this and the results are there for all to see. Brent's streets are cleaner than ever.

However, graffiti is a crime and Liberal Democrats want people to report it. It is an eyesore, anti-social and costs taxpayers money to clear up.

Can I urge your readers to help us by reporting anything they see (both graffiti, and the vandals) to the council on 020 8937 5050.


Liberal Democrat Leader Member Highways and Transportation

Brent Council