PCC Sue Mountstevens and PCSO Justin Robbie with Nailsea Young People
Young people from Nailsea are working with us to make the town a better place to live.
Today, eleven children aged 13 – 15 from Nailsea School have been painting a mural on the Mizzymead Underpass in Nailsea, which in the past has attracted unsightly graffiti and made some residents fearful of using it.
The idea for the project came from the Nailsea Neighbourhood Police team, and has been supported by a host of partners including North Somerset Council who have given permission for the underpass to be painted, Nailsea Town Council who have provided money for the paints and materials and by John Brown's of Nailsea, who have supplied the paints at a discounted price.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "It's great to see young people tackling the issues that affect them and their local area in such a positive way.
"I have made anti-social behaviour a priority in the Police and Crime Plan and some of the best ways to solve problems affecting your local area are for us all to work together. A little support from the council, John Brown's, the police and the artistic talents of Nailsea School, I'm sure will go a long way to make the area a nicer place for all ages to enjoy."
PCSO Justin Robbie said: "We wanted to provide an opportunity for young people to take a bit of pride in their area and to stop them from going down the path of committing anti-social behaviour.
"The underpass is an area which has suffered from graffiti in the past, the lights get smashed up and residents have told us they are scared to walk through it.
"We hope that by designing and painting their own mural, the kids will be less likely to graffiti the area. It may also make them protective over their work so that they take ownership and stop their mates from defacing it.
"The kids taking part are either art students or students who have shown artistic flair. They have come up with some brilliant and creative designs which will make the underpass a more bright, vibrant and pleasant place."
Head Teacher at Nailsea School David New said: "Our year 10 art students are excited to be part of this project, as it's a rare opportunity to work alongside community groups tackling a problem area, whilst showcasing their graffiti art skills. Clearly Nailsea School support the aims of the police in tackling anti-social behaviour and feel this project offers a practical medium for young people to make a positive contribution."
Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2013