The city council will be carrying out work to prevent graffiti persisting in one of the most frequently vandalised underpasses in Canterbury.
Better lighting, a wipeable vinyl covering and tiling will be introduced at the Wincheap underpass following similar enhancement schemes at the subways beneath the St George’s and Riding Gate roundabouts.
The underpass is frequently covered in graffiti comprising tags, drawings and rude messages.
Wincheap ward councillor Nick Eden-Green insists he has been lobbying the council for years to get on and address the issue.
The Lib Dem said: “I am finally getting the council to tackle the subway. I unearthed a fund that has been building up over the years of accumulated money that developers have to contribute towards improvements to the public realm.
“Current plans are to improve the lighting in the subway tunnel and then to line the the walls with a tough vinyl wrap onto which photographs can be printed.
“The approach ramps will be tiled. This will ensure that any future graffiti tags are effectively masked by a multi coloured background and, in any case, the finish of both the vinyl and the tiles is easily cleaned.”
Rob Davies, a spokesman for Canterbury City Council, confirmed that the work is scheduled to go ahead.
“Having carried out improvements to the St George’s and Riding Gate subways, we have now moved on to the Wincheap subway as we always planned to,” he said.
“CCTV is already in place there and work on enhancements including better lighting, new vinyl wall coverings and tiling to the step and ramp approaches will start soon.
“The section money Cllr Eden-Green refers to is ring-fenced for subway work and its availability and the plan on how to spend it has been reported to previous public council committees.”