We’ve recently been successful in gaining £350 of funding from a Community Chest Application. Many thanks to the Shipley Area Committee for this.
Our neighbourhood association has been inspired by seeing street art in other cities and online, including Brighton, where otherwise functional and ugly street furniture is turned into an artwork through the use of painted imagery. Some jolly examples can be seen here:
There are approximately 30 particularly ugly looking and dirty concrete bollards at the top of the Norwood Neighbourhood, along Bradford Road/A650. They are designed to prevent pavement parking and act as a slight safety barrier for pedestrians. They are increasingly an eyesore as they get dirtier and the surfaces around them are degrading. They are next to a couple of rows of shops, and the row is in a way, the ‘frontpiece’ of the Norwood Neighbourhood area.
You can see the bollards in Google Streetview here: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-1.7796037,3a,75y,85.18h,88.99t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1suEiFMvBbVGynUt-ghFz3FA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 although they are even more degraded since this imagery was captured.
The pavement surfaces by some of the shops are also degraded and need some thought and attention. We’d like to review these two things as a community group, come up with some proposals for future work and directly act to beautify the bollards using paint and colour with the help of a local artist.
We would like this to be a consultative process with a survey being produced for residents to seek their views and for an artist to facilitate a public workshop to produce some designs with input from residents and local businesses.
Thanks to Jackie Fawthorpe and Cllr David Heseltine of the Shipley Area Committee for the award and to Cllr Vick Jenkins for suggesting we apply.