Sports stars including local paralympian Danny Crates have been immortalised in paint with the transformation of the Daneholes Underpass, Blackshots, into a sporting mural.
The anti graffiti diversionary project funded by the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership and organised by the Councils’ Street Services team involved local children, pupils from William Edwards School and the Stifford Community Forum.
Graffiti has been dramatically reduced in the areas of Thurrock where five other similar murals have been created. The success of the scheme has not only reduced the cost of clearing the graffiti but also improved the appearance of the affected areas.
Cllr Yash Gupta, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “By involving young people in improving their area they have a personal stake and pride which means they are more likely to respect it. These fantastic murals have not only helped to reduce the incidents of graffiti but given our residents something attractive to look at and be proud of where they live.”
The Daneholes Mural project was led by Sue Bloss of Thurrock Council and artist John Bulley who have worked on five other similar projects across Thurrock. The sports theme was chosen to reflect the close proximity of sports fields at Thurrock Rugby Club and Blackshots Leisure Centre and involvement of William Edwards School which is the local Sports College.