Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Listed Almshouses graffitied
A huge graffiti mural has been sprayed on the end wall of the Percy and Wagner almshouses in Lewes Road, dating back to 1795. It is thought to have been painted on or about 8 January. The mural, on the side of a charity's Grade 2 listed building is signed with an Instagram 'handle'. A council investigation is underway
No permission was given by the property owner - a charitable trust - or the council, as the body in charge of authorising changes to listed buildings.
Planning enforcement officers say under the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act, altering or extending a listed building without council permission is a criminal offence. The planning authority has spoken to the Chair of Trustees, who is responsible for the almshouses, requesting the wall be repainted within 14 days. The council says the Trust are equally dismayed at the image and have told officials the wall will be reinstated within this timeframe.
The Trust will have the option to consider civil action against the perpetrator, for costs and damage to the property.
Removing graffiti from private buildings is the responsibility of owners. However the council can intervene to remove racist or obscene graffiti from any surface.