Paying for your art

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables local authorities in England and Wales to issue £80 on-the-spot fines for graffiti, fly-tipping and fly-posting. Which is a good thing, I guess, but I still have problems with graffiti (and even fly-posting) being lumped in with damaging activities like fly-tipping.

I’ll allow a little bit of nuance by admitting that tags don’t do much for me, but I’d still argue that wall painting is a primarily creative activity. Maybe they should be paying kids to decorate abandoned property to keep it from making communities look bad.

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