Store to help com­mu­nity

Pound­stretcher aim­ing to lend hand in van­dal­ism fight

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - Front Page - BY JAMES SIMP­SON

A NATIONA L dis­count store has given its back­ing to an at­tempt to tackle van­dal­ism in a Lochee street.

Methven Street, which con­nects the Stack Re­tail Park and Lochee’s High Street, has been blighted in re­cent months by spray-paint “tags”.

Now Pound­stretcher prop­erty direc­tor Gerry Loughran has said the com­pany is “ea­ger” to work along­side the com­mu­nity in a bid to stop van­dals tar­get­ing the area.

The wall of the Pound­stretcher build­ing across from the fir­erav­aged Old Lochee Parish Church has been a par­tic­u­lar tar­get for graf­fiti in re­cent times.

Lochee coun­cil­lor Char­lie Malone is keen to see the prob­lem tack­led and has mooted the pos­si­bil­ity of trans­form­ing the wall into a mu­ral – an idea Mr Loughran is right be­hind.

The Pound­stretcher boss said: “We are al­ways ea­ger to work along­side the lo­cal com­mu­nity in or­der to help i mprove our en­vi­ron­ment.

“If that in­volves ini­tia­tives that Pound­stretcher can help with, then we are more than will­ing as we see our­selves as part of the com­mu­nity.

“Mu­rals can be a great way to im­prove the aes­thet­ics of the sur­round­ing area without it be­ing in­tim­i­dat­ing.

“We would love to cre­ate the next Banksy from Dundee.”

As well as re­viv­ing the street, Mr Malone has called for a dis­cus­sion on a code of con­duct on the sale of spray paint ma­te­ri­als by busi­nesses.

Paul Wal­lace, direc­tor of iart Sup­plies on Perth Road – which stocks spray paint – said he was “open” to the idea of dis­cus­sions to ad­dress the is­sue.

He said: “The prob­lem is these items can be pur­chased cheaply on­line and also from other na­tional re­tail­ers.

“I know that in New York they tack­led the prob­lem by con­tin­u­ously paint­ing over the work.

“It meant that it was a waste of time tag­ging it.”

Graf­fiti on Methven Street.

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