Edinburgh City Council urged to tackle graffiti hotspot

Edinburgh City Council have been urged to act on the increasing cases of graffiti found on historic buildings in the city centre.

Milne’s Court, owned by the University of Edinburgh, became the latest historic spot to be targeted by vandals in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

The close which connects The Mound to The Royal Mile is a popular photo spot for tourists who visit the city.

People have taken to social media asking Edinburgh City Council to do something about the graffiti.

One tweeted: “This is heartbreaking. Anything @Edinburgh_CC @edinhelp can help with? Milne’s Court.”

Another said: “Graffiti is now a major problem in Edinburgh. The police and council need to get a grip as it is scarring the city.”

“The Old Town is covered in graffiti by mostly the same vandals judging by the tags so why can’t they find those responsible and get them to remove it?”

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Edinburgh City Council appointed a graffiti officer last year to deal with complaints of graffiti and look into how to deal with graffiti as well as prevent and protect buildings from graffiti.

Joanna Mowat, Edinburgh City Council, said: “The City has previously made efforts to work with groups who have been making street art and trying to find appropriate places where this can take place that is not on historic buildings.

“Where it is left on these buildings or in areas where it is not welcomed and catered for then it does have an impact on the city and makes it look unloved and uncared for.”

Despite the measures that have been put in place to deal with graffiti on public buildings; privately owned premises’ that have been marked are the responsibility of the owner and the council can only give advice on how to remove it.

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) have said that they abhor graffiti on listed buildings.

“The AHSS does not agree with any idea that this is art. It is an insult to its historic surroundings and to the building itself.”

“It affects the public perception of their importance and suggests that they are not being cared for properly. Tourists will find that their vision and expectations of the Royal Mile will be damaged and discouraged.”

They explained that the removal of graffiti is expensive and difficult as well as possibly causing semi-permanent damage to the stonework.


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