Silly sit­u­a­tion is now a ‘dis­grace’

Graf­fiti mess in­fu­ri­ates or­gan­is­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Ruther­glen’s Lan­de­mer Day com­mit­tee mem­bers have blasted van­dals a ‘dis­grace’ after they sprayed silly string and graf­fiti all over the town’s Main Street.

The event was yet again plagued by the coloured mess on Satur­day as both youths and adults were seen spray­ing upon walls and land­marks dur­ing the town’s largest gala day.

Images have also ap­peared on­line of ob­scene graf­fiti sprayed on a bus shelter.

And South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has con­firmed work­ers had to re­move silly string and paint from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in Ruther­glen.

The com­mit­tee, who have worked tire­lessly to abol­ish both prod­ucts from Lan­de­mer Day, say they have gone down ev­ery av­enue to ban it from the event.

Ian Dun­can, sec­re­tary of the com­mit­tee, said: “My wife and I took a walk along the Main Street and it was a dis­grace.

“We walked down to­wards the west of the Main Street to take a ban­ner down and it was if we had to dodge the spray.

“There were adults spray­ing it on each other and there were kids cov­ered in it all. Okay the rain washed some of it off but it still made a mess.

“We headed down to the bot­tom of the Main Street which is where one of the shops sells it.

“They just have it all sit­ting on a past­ing ta­ble.

“Both the silly string and the spray is from an aerosol can and once they have fin­ished it, they just throw it on the ground.

“I didn’t see it but if they are spray­ing rude images on the bus shel­ters, I would say it’s get­ting worse.”

Alis­tair McKin­non, head of sup­port ser­vices, com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise re­sources at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ad­mit­ted the graf­fiti and silly string was be­com­ing a yearly prob­lem at the gala day.

He said: “Lan­de­mer Day is a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event which is en­joyed by so many but sadly marred by the ac­tions of a few.

“Since last week­end’s event, grounds ser­vices teams have cleaned silly string and paint from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions.

“Un­for­tu­nately this has re­sulted in the re­al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources that would nor­mally be utilised else­where - a sit­u­a­tion we have to deal with an­nu­ally.”

The Lan­de­mer Day com­mit­tee are re­fus­ing to stop their fight to ban the sprays.

Mr Dun­can added: “We will not give up try­ing.

“If there was a way of ban­ning both of them I would do it my­self but I don’t have the power to do that.”

If they are spray­ing rude images on bus shel­ters it’s get­ting worse

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