Community helps brighten Daventry underpass

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Volunteers have brightened up a Daventry underpass with colourful murals as part of a community street art project.

More than 30 volunteers, including young people and staff from the Phoenix Youth Centre and residents from the community, gave up their time to decorate the Staverton Road underpass.

The makeover, which took place on Monday and Tuesday this week, was organised by the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership as part of its Street Art Project.

Residents of the Grange community who regularly carry out community clean-ups suggested the mural’s location.

The street art initiative runs alongside Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Illustration and the latest mural follows a presentation in Daventry last month that aimed to educate young people about graffiti.

Councillor Alan Hills, of the Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “It’s fantastic to see young people giving up their time for the good of the community and what a wonderful design they’ve come up with. It’s really brightened up this part of The Grange and everyone involved should be very proud of their achievement.”

Jacquie Ward, one of The Grange residents heavily involved in the project and who suggested the underpass for the mural, said: ““It has been an amazing couple of days and there has been a real party atmosphere, with the whole community getting involved in the project.

“The kids have really enjoyed themselves and made some great friends along the way. The mural really brightens up the entrance to our estate and encourages everyone to take pride in the place where they live.”

Organisers have also thanked Tesco, McDonald’s, and the Grange Convenience Store for their support in providing food for the volunteers.

The Community Safety Partnership brings together partners including Daventry District Council, South Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Northamptonshire County Council and Nene Clinical Commissioning Group to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour within the community.