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Graffiti Won't Wash


14/04/16































Craig surveys the damage to his new car wash business on the Queensway


A mindless vandal who daubed graffiti on the shop front of a new business was this week lambasted by the owner.

Craig Denholm is in the process of transforming the derelict former Queensway South filling station into a car wash, but will now be left counting the cost after their shutters were defaced with spray paint.


The 37-year-old dad-of-two, from St Leonards, said: “I am opening a fast fit and car wash centre and have been working with the council to take on eight local unemployed people on benefits or with special needs to train them and pay them a living wage and turn what was a dump of a site in to a nice fresh tidy workplace.

“But on Sunday I discovered some idiot decided to vandalise the site overnight, spray painting the shutters and removing part of the fence.

“I can’t understand the mentality of these people who are intent on wrecking things.”


Ironically, Craig had posted a message on an East Kilbride community Facebook page appealing for a graffiti artist to get in touch to design some artwork for his new business venture, Q-Way Fast Fit and Car Wash.

However, the mindless vandalism, believed to have been caused by a professional Glasgow graffiti artist, was not what he had in mind.

Craig added: “I wanted some car-related art or the name of the business etched on the building so ironically I posted a message online a few weeks ago.

“If only this person had just got in touch I would have paid him for his work.”


Locals were quick to slam the culprit and show their support for the new venture on Facebook. Rosie Pooley posted: “Good luck in your new venture. People are idiots. Wonderful what you are doing.”

Karen Ballantyne added: “Morons! Good luck with your new business.”