THE FAMILY of the late councillor Arnold Baines is calling for anti-graffiti paint to be used to stop vandals attacking his memorial.

Maisie Baines, sister-in-law to Cllr Baines, a well-loved and respected town and district councillor who lived in Chesham, is urging his colleagues to "keep his memorial clean".

Baines Walk, which links Chesham High Street with the Town Hall, is just one of the spots being targeted by vandals.

On Monday Chesham Town Council's town centre revitalisation committee mooted the idea of applying the anti-graffiti coating in a zero-tolerance clamp down.

After the meeting Mrs Baines told the Free Press: "At the moment it's disgusting."

She added: "I think they should sort something out like this coating because if Arnold was here he would have wanted it cleaned up."

But Cllr Patricia Lindsley (Lib Dem, Newtown Chesham) told the meeting there could be legal difficulties with scrubbing graffiti off private property and explained coating could be added instead.

Community groups, such as The Chesham Society and Chesham Partnership, are backing the scheme.

It will operate around Chesham Police Station, Broad Street to White Hill and the town centre between St Mary's Way and East Street.