By PAULO SILVESTRE [email protected]
Vandalised and degraded buildings in public spaces in the Loulé council area have been cleaned up as part of the Mancha Branca (white stain) operation.
This included the removal of graffiti, resulting in some 11,360 square metres having already been repainted.
Loulé Municipal Council held a workshop on September 20 aimed at presenting the results of the operation, which started three months ago, as well as addressing expectations for the future.
The workshop took place at the auditorium of the Quarteira Municipal Centre and was attended by representatives of Quarteira parish council, Infraquinta, Infralobo, Four Seasons Vilamoura and Grupo Policromia.
Currently, the Mancha Branca project has focused on the cleaning of the coastal area of Loulé, with particular focus on the parishes of Quarteira, Almancil, Boliqueime, and the south area of Loulé.
According to data presented by the Environment Councillor, Aníbal Moreno, one of the mentors of this project, already some 1,260 litres of white paint, 363 litres of colour paint and 37 litres of paint removal fluids have been used in the initiative.
Aníbal Moreno said: “The main objective of Mancha Branca is to contribute to the improvement of the environmental quality of the municipality.
“This operation is very important for environmental awareness. We want to encourage our citizens to take part in the painting and maintenance of their own buildings as a way in which to improve the image of towns and villages in the county.”
He added: “This is an important factor for tourism and, therefore, the economy of the council, but also enhances the quality of life in Loulé council.”
Grupo Policromia, an association of young people who create graffiti art, was also present at the workshop to present a report of the work Espaços Graffiti (graffiti spaces) in the city of Quarteira.
Espaços Graffiti was created as part of a protocol signed with Loulé Câmara, which aims to promote graffiti art but to also make people aware about the importance of preserving the city’s public spaces, while combating the visual vandalism that exists in the city.
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