Published: January 7, 2009
Cost of tackling graffiti and vandalism in Burnham rises to £11,000

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge has cost more than £11,000 during the last three months.

The cost of removing graffiti and repairing vandalism has soared over the last few months, according to new figures from Sedgemoor District Council released on Wednesday (January 7th).

The council works together with local police and other groups to share information regarding anti-social behaviour in the district to identify hotspots and tackle the problems.

"Sadly, such behaviour in the towns has, in the last 3 months alone, cost an additional £11,000 to the agencies involved; money that could otherwise have been used elsewhere, creating and improving facilities for the young people in the district," said spokeswoman Sam Elliott.

As part of the work addressing anti-social behaviour, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council has joined forces with representatives of the District Council and police to reduce such behaviour, including speeding along The Esplanade, graffiti removal and vandalism.

You can help the councils identify hotspots of anti-social behaviour by calling Sedgemoor District Council's ASB Hotline on 0800 298 2009 24 hours a day. Should a police response be necessary call 0845 456 7000 or, in an emergency, 999.

Tools available to the group include information letters, which are sent to the parents of any minor who is causing or linked to an incident. If problems continue, this may escalate to an ABC, a contract between the offender, parents and police or housing agencies.

Our photo shows graffiti daubed across a garage in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea last October.

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