Attracting artists, shoppers and tourists and bringing a taste of urban life to the city are just some of the ways in which graffiti can benefit Salisbury, residents believe.

Others feel conforming to this practice could lead to future issues for the city.

The street art debate continues after two new pieces popped up in Salisbury over the summer, one along the Town Path and one outside Framemakers on Butcher Row.

The Journal asked its readers on social media, the people of Salisbury, whether graffiti should be allowed in the city or not, and the response was divided.

"Obviously good graffiti, no name tagging - let’s make Salisbury beautiful with art. Bristol looks amazing with all the art," one commented.

Another said "a little more urban art might be nice" for the city, with another user adding "so long as it is tasteful and not offensive".

Despite the majority welcoming the idea of more street art to Salisbury, as long as it is not offensive, some did not agree.

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One user posted: "Don't agree to allow such practices, if everyone is free to do what he/she likes, a world of chaos."

Another said: "I’ll be interested to see how long this art remains intact before somebody decides to deface it."

The main argument boils down to the subjectivity of art - what one person values as art could be considered vandalism or distasteful to another - which is why debates concerning graffiti and its removal are so common.

What's more is the city council does not currently have a formal policy on the removal of graffiti, according to city councillor Paul Sample, so decisions must be made on each individual work that appears.

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Some users suggested a wall or area in the city should be allocated to graffiti.

One user posted: "It makes little sense for us to cover a clean city like Salisbury with graffiti and make it look more like New York than Salisbury.

"There is an English heritage and graffiti is not part of it I believe. So to still allow people to express themselves while keeping Salisbury quintessentially English, a few dedicated walls for the purpose of street art could perhaps work better."

Another said: "Maintained spots for artwork would attract new and current talent, showcase new and current artists, young and old.

"[It would] give tourists photos opportunity spots, create tours of artworks, inspire others to try new things, help include young people and their interests, provide a legal area for graffiti and street art…it goes on."

A third user questioned whether it is right to graffiti without consent, no matter what the final product is.

They said: "The artists usually pay for their canvases. Is it right to use other people’s property without their consent?

"Even if it is a council property, it should be approved by the council following a public consultation. It should be up to people of Salisbury to decide that."

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