The Panel considered the report of the Deputy
Chief Executive – Communities to consider the Graffiti and
Street Art Management Policy 2022 to establish Street Art in South
Holland to provide safe and welcoming public spaces for our local
The Chairman of the Graffiti and Street Art
Management Policy Task Group introduced the report and thanked the
outgoing Interim Deputy Chief Executive – Communities, the
Assistant Director – Leisure and Culture, Councillor Bingham,
Councillor Gibson, Councillor McClean
and Councillor Rudkin for their work on
the production of the policy. The following main points were
- the policy had been drafted and
reviewed by all members of the Task Group and relevant
- consultation had taken place with
the relevant Portfolio Holder, the Civic Society and Spalding Town
- Spalding Town Forum had supported
the proposed test artwork;
- the policy stated that testing of
the street art would take place on boards erected on fencing at the
rear of the Castle Complex, and at the public toilets on the Castle
- proposed ‘environmental’
and ‘mental health’ artwork themes had received
majority support by Spalding Town Forum and concept slides were
presented to the Panel;
- consultation and engagement with
members and residents of the district would follow, with feedback
to be included in the document going forward to Cabinet and
- the policy would be reviewed in
The Chairman thanked members and officers of
the Task Group for their expeditious work on the new policy.
Members considered the policy and raised the
- Members enquired about the course of
action to be taken if a difference of opinion regarding the artwork
occurred between the Parish Council and site owner.
- The Assistant Director –
Leisure and Culture replied that consultation and agreement of the
Parish and/or Spalding Town Forum would take place. The artists
would be asked to produce visualisations to assist with the
process. Should the artwork not conform to the concept, the right
existed within the policy for it to be removed.
- The Chairman of the Graffiti and
Street Art Management Policy Task Group stated that consultation
feedback had confirmed that appreciation of art was subjective, and
therefore acceptance of any such proposal would be an officer
decision. As part of the decision-making process, the officer would
consult with relevant individuals and organisations for their
opinion. Any activity not approved as street art would be
classified as graffiti and dealt with according to the policy.
- Members referred to the steps of the
policy and asked if project timeframes had been discussed.
- The Chairman of the Task Group
stated that project timeframes had not been set and would be
dependent upon individual cases and sensitivities.
- The Assistant Director –
Leisure and Culture agreed and stated that as artwork scopes could
be broad, a bespoke approach was necessary, and some cases would
require increased consultation. Proposals could come forward from
Transported Arts, part of Arts Council England’s Creative
People and Places Programme, or other bodies, and every project
would be different.
- Members stated that the visual
concepts presented to the Panel were positive.
That the Policy Development Panel:
Recommend that the Cabinet approve the Policy and forward to
Council for information;
Recommend that authority to approve any final changes and to make
future changes to the Policy be delegated to the Portfolio Holder
for Communities and Facilities;
Note the outcome of the Piloting phase which tested the draft
Approve a review by the Street Art Wall Task Group after 6 months
to enable the proposed policy to be successfully implemented.