Vandals target Lanarkshire town with graffiti prompting clean-up mission by community group

A community in Lanarkshire has stepped up to clean up spray painted graffiti in their town.

Residents of Uddingston reported the vandalism to South Lanarkshire Council as well as Network Rail, but it was local volunteers who ended up cleaning up the damage.

Members of Uddingston Pride decided to tackle the areas themselves tagged, including the wall under the railway bridge on Old Glasgow Road.

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The local authority referred the group to Network Rail but they were unable to remove it as it was ‘not offensive’ and therefore would not be given priority.

The travel organization wrote to Uddingston Pride and said: ‘Network Rail will not remove graffiti unless it is obscene, racist or bigoted.

This prompted the community group to take matters into their own hands.

A number of solutions were offered to members, including a local cleaning company that got involved in cleaning up the graffiti, as well as the suggestion of a local street artist who covered it up.

The wall after being cleaned by Uddingston Pride

Eventually, volunteers from Uddingston Pride took to the streets to stamp out the vandalism as community members applauded their efforts.

Uddingston Pride posted on social media after the cleanup mission was completed: “Areas covered today were the graffiti on the wall between Anne’s Pantry and Uddingston Grammar School and some on the large green cabinet opposite the W car dealership. Livingstone Ltd.

“If there are other areas you would like us to add to the list, please let us know and we will do our best to ensure action is taken.

“Please first report all cases to the relevant council in case they take action.

“Thank you to everyone who has offered their help and support. We hope you will support us in the future to fight this other form of litter and help us raise funds to cover the cost of cleaning products and litter. ‘equipment.”

Another area recently targeted

Commenting on the cleanup mission, a local said, “Thank you for doing this. We all really appreciate your effort and hard work.”

Another added: “You are the most amazing people who make Uddingston a wonderful place. Thank you.”

A third commented: “Great job cleaning up someone’s mess! Keep it up.”

“It must have been hard work. Well done,” said a local who enjoys the cleanup job.

And one resident remarked: ‘Thank you to each and every one of you who gave of your time and energy to keeping Uddingston beautiful.

Uddingston Pride has urged residents who see similar issues or areas targeted by graffiti to get in touch to report the matter on their Facebook page.

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