ARMED with paint and rollers, two Lyndon councillors decided to get tough on graffiti in residential areas.
Following complaints about the ‘artwork’, Liberal Democrat councillors Ade Adeyemo and Kathryn Thomas wanted to do some good and joined forces with the Lyndon Residents Association.
Coun Adeyemo said because the graffiti was on private property Solihull Council officers were reluctant to intervene.
However an agreement was reached whereby Solihull Council provided the materials and the councillors would organise to get the work done.
Following the call to arms, residents turned up to help the councillors clear and paint over the graffiti on Wellsford Avenue and Eastbury Drive.
Councillor Adeyemo said: “It is amazing how much better both areas look after the graffiti has been painted over.
“What this shows is that with the right encouragement, we can help local people improve our area.
“I am all for encouraging activities such as this to improve our local environment and foster local pride.
“Thanks to Solihull Council for providing the materials and equipment and to everyone who supported us.
“Ultimately, our aim is to make Solihull a better place to live.”
Councillor Thomas added: “It has taken Ade and I several months to get this far, from raising the original request with Solihull Council to actually getting the materials for getting the work done. I am pleased that we persevered. Both areas look brilliant now”.