Garston’s bridge mural links people

15 December 2016

A vibrant new mural on Garston Way Bridge has been designed by local people to brighten up their neighbourhood.

Residents have been supported by the charity Sustrans, Liverpool City Council, Global Street Art and local artist Betarok 75.

Local people identified the gloomy appearance of Garston Way Bridge on Church Road as a significant barrier for people accessing the shops on St Mary’s Road.

Students from Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) were key to helping develop the striking artwork together with Local Ward Councillors.

They worked with Global Street Art and one of their local artists to develop colourful designs to reflect the simple lines of the bridge and road and create an attractive focal point for the area.

Students from ESLA then made the final design and colour palette decisions.

The mural is part of the Healthy Places Healthy People project to develop grassroots creative ideas which improve Garston centre.

The project has been funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery.

Mark Jenks, Sustrans project co-ordinator, said: “When we started workshops in 2014 local people told us that the appearance of Garston Way Bridge was a real and psychological barrier to them using the shops on St Mary’s Road.

“They have helped to revive the bridge into an attractive feature to help rebuild links between these communities.”

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at The Peoples Health Trust commented: “It is fantastic that local schoolchildren have worked together with a local artist, Sustrans and Liverpool City Council to create this mural and improve something in their neighbourhood that they felt needed changing.”

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, commented: “This is a key gateway between the village and the residential and industrial areas in Garston under the bridge, and a main route for pedestrians.

“It is an eye-catching scheme which will brighten up the area and draw people in to the local shops. It captures the imagination and can’t be missed.”

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Notes to editors

Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk

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People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities by investing in local organisations with great ideas to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthFit is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Stefon, Wirral. www.healthfitcic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

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