Resident praises street art campaign to tackle drug dealing in the Columbia Road area

A parking bay for 'drug dealers only'. Picture: Columbia Tenants and Residents Association

A parking bay for 'drug dealers only'. Picture: Columbia Tenants and Residents Association - Credit: Columbia Tenants and Residents Association

A resident has praised a campaign that is tackle drug dealing in the Columbia Road area through street art.

The Columbia Tenants and Residents Association teamed up with a group of artists known as the Columbia Road Cartel to produced markings in popular drug dealing ‘hotspots’.

Examples including a parking bay for ‘drug dealers only’ and similar signs posted on lampposts last month.

The campaign received national attention, a reaction that was welcomed by the resident who wishes to be anonymous.

She said: “A lot of residents were really pleased, morale was getting quite low, the number of people who thanked us for doing it was great, both old and young gave a positive reaction.”


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However she slammed the council for removing the signs within 24 hours.

A council spokesman said: “The street art initiative by residents in the Columbia Road area did not go unnoticed and has not been ignored.

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“The council has been in contact with the groups involved to listen to their concerns and we want to continue working with them.”

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