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Tory councillor accuses Tower Hamlets of ignoring estate graffiti

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010

Tim Archer by graffiti walls

Tim Archer by graffiti walls

By Else Kvist A Tory councillor has accused the Town Hall of deliberately ignoring graffiti plagued walls on an East End estate. Tim Archer suspects the Labour run council is letting residents at

Tim Archer by graffiti walls

By Else Kvist

A Tory councillor has accused the Town Hall of deliberately ignoring graffiti plagued walls on an East End estate.

Tim Archer suspects the Labour run council is letting residents at Robin Hood Gardens in Blackwall live in "shocking" conditions in order to make it easier to get them to agree to controversial regeneration plans for the estate.

The deputy leader of the Tory opposition at Tower Hamlets said: "The top floors of the tall block's northern stairwell are covered in graffiti. Residents are telling me that the council is no longer clearing it or using anti-graffiti paint on the walls.

You can't expect people to live in such unliveable conditions, it's shocking."

Cllr Archer has put in a member's enquiry demanding the graffiti is removed.

A council spokesman said: "The council is committed to tackling graffiti wherever it occurs and this remains true at Robin Hood Gardens, regardless of the future of the block.

"We are aware of an ongoing issue with one of the stairwells where graffiti removal is more challenging due to the texture of the walls and a problem with water penetration, which means anti-graffiti sealant cannot be applied. Despite this we'll continue to do everything we can to address the problem of graffiti.


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