Liberal Democrat councillors in the London Borough of Haringey have welcomed the news that Haringey’s graffiti fighting budget is set to increase permanently from £50,000 to £120,000 from April 2006.

The news, contained in draft budget proposals, follows a long campaign by Lib Dem councillors and local MP Lynne Featherstone. It formed a cornerstone of the manifesto for the local election in 2002, when Labour-run Haringey had one of the lowest funds for fighting graffiti in the whole of London.

The Lib Dems, who through their annual residents survey report hundreds of graffiti blackspots, are delighted that Haringey Council has acknowledged the problem and has matched it with more sufficient funding.

Lib Dem leader Cllr Neil Williams (Highgate) comments:

“I am delighted that Haringey Council has finally responded to our calls that more needs to be done to tackle the problem of graffiti.”

Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone MP adds:

“It is good news that more of these eyesores in the borough will be removed. However the Council and government must do more to address the social issues that lead to this vandalism.”