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Newham Council to use non-stick paint in battle against massage stickers

PUBLISHED: 13:38 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 21 June 2017

Cllr Forhad Hussain, Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Cllr  Pat Murphy paint a lamp post (Picture: Andrew Baker)

Cllr Forhad Hussain, Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Cllr Pat Murphy paint a lamp post (Picture: Andrew Baker)

Andrew Baker

Non-stick paint is being applied to lamp posts across the borough in a £215,000 project to prevent them from being plastered with massage stickers.

A trial of the paint, which stops the stickers from sticking, proved successful and Newham Council is now rolling it out across areas that are frequently targeted.

In addition to lamp posts, the council will extend the project to cover benches and traffic lights.

The stickers, which advertise sexual services, have left many residents distressed and concerned about the effect they could have on children and young people.

Removing them currently costs £70,000 a year.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “I am delighted that we have finally come up with a solution to this problem, which has been like a curse on our busiest streets, and really enraged our residents.”

The cost of treating the borough will come from the £100m Keep Newham Moving budget, which aims to improve roads, pavements and street lights.


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