Joint bid to wipe out graffiti

Stephen Blackburn from The Grand (front, second left) receives the graffiti cleaner from Stephanie Clarkson, Wayne Edwardson and Kerry Walton of 3M.

Stephen Blackburn from The Grand (front, second left) receives the graffiti cleaner from Stephanie Clarkson, Wayne Edwardson and Kerry Walton of 3M.

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Local employer 3M has stepped in to help support the continued maintenance of Clitheroe’s popular Skatepark, a valued resource for young people in and around the Ribble Valley.

The diversified technology company’s Upbrooks site has donated 30 litres of graffiti remover to the Skatepark’s owners, The Grand.

The Grand’s Schools and Projects development manager, Stephen Blackburn, said that while it was disappointing that graffiti has occurred, a joint effort can remedy it and ensure the Clitheroe facility remains one of the cleanest and best kept in the UK.

He hopes local young volunteers with an interest in skateboarding can be encouraged to carry out the clean-up, alongside The Grand’s staff, who deploy numerous hours keeping the skatepark as clean and tidy as possible.

“We are very grateful to 3M for supplying us with the cleaner and would now like to offer the work to young people who are currently not in employment, education or training,” he said. “We feel this could give them an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community and would be great evidence for their CVs”.

The 3M donation came through Kerry Walton, admin supervisor at the Clitheroe site and the mother of two keen users of the skatepark.

“The park is a great facility for the town where young people can go for free and enjoy themselves,” she said. “It’s such a shame that it’s been marred by graffiti.

“Our 3M site at Clitheroe makes components for asthma inhalers, but I knew the company also produced graffiti cleaning products so we arranged to supply the park with enough to last it quite a while.”

Anyone keen to help with the clean-up can call in at The Grand in York Street or phone on 01200 421599.