Banksy Bonanza or Broken Promises? Islington Council Installs Security for Mural While Residents Cry Neglect

Banksy Bonanza or Broken Promises? Islington Council Installs Security for Mural While Residents Cry Neglect

Islington Council has implemented security measures to address the large crowds gathering around a new Banksy mural in Finsbury Park.

This follows complaints from residents of Christie Court, the building adjacent to the artwork, about the disruption caused by the influx of visitors.

Council Responds to Resident Concerns

The council installed fencing to keep people at a distance from the residents’ homes.

Signage reminding visitors to be respectful is also in place.

Additionally, a CCTV camera has been set up to monitor activity near the mural and tree.

In a letter to residents, Islington Council acknowledged the impact on their lives and assured them that visitor numbers will likely decrease in the coming weeks.

They emphasized their commitment to public art while recognizing the need to manage the situation for residents.

Residents Upset About Past Treatment

The council’s actions have sparked anger among some residents who claim their previous requests for security measures, due to anti-social behavior in the area, were ignored due to budget constraints.

These concerns centered around a specific tenant allegedly involved in drug use and related problems.

The resident who shared the council’s letter expressed frustration that the council seems more willing to protect a piece of art than the well-being of residents.

Social media users echoed this sentiment, criticizing the council’s priorities and suggesting ways to address the situation.

Islington Council Defends Actions

An Islington Council spokesperson responded by reaffirming their commitment to resident safety and taking reports of anti-social behavior seriously.

They emphasized that the new security measures are a direct response to resident concerns about the crowds.

They encouraged residents to continue reporting anti-social behavior and collaborate to find solutions.

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