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Weymouth Street Gets Artistic Make Over


10:31am 14th May 2012

Art work has taken the place of graffiti in a Weymouth Street.

Designed Boards have been hung at the far end of Ranelagh Road in the Park District to brighten up the area.

Abi Arnold - a local young person said "As an Art Student I find myself paying a lot of attention to the look of the area, and this lead me to an idea which I believe would benefit the look of the town and also inspire all the children who live and play in these streets. I believe that putting art in strange places around the town is a great way to draw attention in a positive way and it  is great for the town to look really beautiful."

Magna Housing supported the project and agreed to give a £500 donation from their Magna Community Initiative Fund. Spokesman for the Fund - John Coombes said Magna sees itself as more than just a landlord, and are happy to support this worth while project and it is gratifying to see the dedication and commitment shown by the younger generation in bringing this to fruition."

John Morse, Ken Whatley and Dave Burchill, all local residents and committee members of the Waterside Weymouth Community Forum, who also made a contribution towards the cost of the project are delighted with the ideas and the designs.

John Morse Chair of the forum said "Having these boards on the wall rather than random graffiti which is often rude words is an inspiring idea and hopefully make people appreciate the area in which they live in and get them involved in some of the activities that are happening in the park District. These board along side with our flower displays will certainly smarten up the area. This will show that the young people in and around Weymouth with the help of their college tutors have great talents to be used in this area and not just given bad press cover all the time".

Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team - we all behind the idea. The local Beat Officer PC Mike Green said This is just a great example of young people being creative and doing something positive within the community that they live in".

Julie Hursthouse - Community Development Officer for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, and project manager, said that she was delighted with the project, and it is wonderful that the whole community has got behind this community lead project and have created a great deal of enthusiasm for creating more artwork, and the effects would be a lasting legacy for the park area.

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