TIGHTER controls are needed to curb the increasing issue of graffiti in Cork city.
Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy has urged City Hall to step up its efforts to combat the problem, as well as providing better support to businesses and private homes tagged by graffiti.
Mr McCarthy's comments follow a spate of incidents throughout the South Parish, including a number of businesses and private houses on Barrack St and Evergreen St.
He said, "Removing graffiti from premises can be both costly and time-consuming."
The Independent councillor welcomed a recent prosecution by the Gardaí of a graffiti tag artist. He called for the Probation Service to be extended in its graffiti removal service to the Cork City Council.
It was noted a recent meeting of Cork City Council that the local authority has limited resources to tackle graffiti and usually focuses on unoccupied and problematic areas.
Cork City Council has also in the past worked with other groups, including Reimagine Cork, in relation to the removal of graffiti particularly in the city centre area.
A provision has been made in the 2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Scheme Grant for further projects run in conjunction with key stakeholders. The idea of these projects will be that once will be that once an area has been cleared of graffiti that the local communities, both businesses and residents, would come together and actively maintain a graffiti-free zone by tackling instances of graffiti as and when they arise.
Mr McCarthy also called for Cork City Council to bring the ESB into City Hall to question them about the need for maintenance and painting of ESB boxes throughout the city. He said many of these have been targeted by graffiti tag artists in the past.
"Much more commitment needs to be given in cleaning their boxes, which are often a regular source of graffiti attack," he said.
"there is only so much work the Mad About Cork and Reimagine Cork group can do; there needs to be a decent investment in cleaning their infrastructure."