Walkway brightened up with nature-themed street art

04 July 2016

Local residents will be transforming the grey pedestrian walkway under Westminster Bridge into vibrant street art as part of the Local People project in Ellesmere Port. Through pop-up events and design workshops, local people have worked on the designs over the last six months, developing ideas with a nature theme.

Residents are being supported by Sustrans in partnership with People’s Health Trust and Chester and Cheshire West Council (CWaC).

The final designs will be transferred onto the pavement on Friday 8 July as part of Environment Day celebrations – an event organised by PlusDane Housing Trust and CWaC.

People’s Health Trust has invested £131,223 in the project, using money raised by HealthReward through The Health Lottery.

Ali Dore, Sustrans project co-ordinator said: “Local people said they wanted to see more colour in their street environment and this event on Friday is the first step in making this happen.

“This fun event, using bold colours, will make a vibrant statement and will act as a trail connecting two areas separated by the bridge.  It shows how, with a bit of creativity, local people can work together to change their streets into lively, social places, which can help to make a safer, more attractive place to live and bring more people out onto the street.

“I am looking forward to working with local people developing and trying out other ideas to ensure they work and benefit the local community.”

This Local People project focuses on improving the quality of life for people in the area and giving them greater control over the design and activities that take place to create better community spaces.

It takes a neighbourhood approach, engaging local people and empowering them to address wider issues in the community, benefitting health and wellbeing in the process.

‘This project in Ellesmere Port will support the increasing empowerment of local people to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.”

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes at People’s Health Trust, said: “People’s Health Trust believes it’s vitally important for residents to have greater control locally so that they can work together to make their neighbourhood an even better place to live.

Find out more about Sustrans’ Local People project in Ellesmere Port at www.facebook.com/SustransCommunityPlacesEllesmerePort/

Media contacts

For information about Sustrans contact Sustrans’ Press Office on 0161 233 4071 or email: [email protected]

For information about People’s Health Trust contact Anna Mauremootoo on 0207 697 4017 or email [email protected]

Notes for 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
  • Sustrans works together with communities throughout the UK to support them to rejuvenate their streets and neighbourhoods to create more attractive places for people to move through or spend more time in.
  • Get frequent updates about Ellesmere Port Community places transformation on twitter at @alidoreSustrans
  • People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
  • HealthReward is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Cheshire East, West, Warrington, Chester and Halton. www.healthrewardcic.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 issued by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk

Local People is People’s Health Trust funding programme which encourages communities to come together and take the lead in the design and delivery of home-grown ideas. It relies on the wisdom, experiences and skills of local people and supports them to make changes they want for their community.


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