By Humphrey Carter
CONCERNS over the wave of graffiti sweeping parts of Calvia are growing, although the local council appears to be prepared to take some kind of action. More and more foreign and local residents in the Bendinat area are backing the campaign for action and Calvia council has given a clear indication that something will be done. In a letter, via the office of Calvia Councillor Kate Mentink, to Malcolm Andrews, the local British businessman leading the war against graffiti, the council has stated “we will proceed to the cleaning of these graffitis (sic), we do not know if the work will be done by our staff or if we will contract a company to do it. In this second case, we would get in touch with you.” However, Calvia Council plans to spend the best part of £20'000 on a new graffiti-busting machine to spearhead its drive to crackdown on vandalism and clean up the worst effected areas, such as Bendinat. Calvia Council and the Calvia 2000 department have apparently been studying various anti-graffiti methods over the past few months in an attempt to make sure the most effective systems are used. The local authority does not want to find itself going round in circles, re-cleaning walls which simply get vandalised time and time again, the council is searching for guaranteed graffiti-busting measures. The council's response to the pleas from the anti-graffiti campaign have been welcomed by angry local residents upset by the extent of the vandalism and the destruction caused to the area. While home owners object to the “visual tyranny” as Calvia resident Peter Stringfellow described the situation, the business community also fear that the graffiti is not good for business, especially tourism. Both Stringfellow and Andrews yesterday welcomed the good news that the council is taking the problem seriously and plans to take action. But Stringfellow said that the first step is cleaning all the walls, the second step should be introducing a “zero tolerance” policy to make sure the area remains graffiti-free. “ What I would suggest to the council is that they start by targeting the local schools and sending local police officers round to give talks and issue warnings to deter the vandals,” he said from London. Malcolm Andrews described the news as “fantastic.” “Now we've done all the talking, let's have some action,” he said. “It's good news - Mentink is in tourism so she should understand that all this graffiti is not good for tourism,” Andrews added yesterday.

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