Innovative Projects Rejuvenate Eastbourne Neighbourhood
Published by Amy M for Places for People Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Councillor Pat Hearn, Mayor of Eastbourne; Councillor Janet Coles, Artist Sarah Staton, Places for People Regional Manager David Hooper and Steven Lloyd MP unveil the new mural
An Eastbourne neighbourhood has received an artistic boost as part of an ongoing project to help rejuvenate the area.
Places for People housing provider has funded five pilot projects including a new garden area, wire frame walls and pleached trees to update the look of the end terraces at its Willingdon Trees scheme.
Now the latest of these projects, a painted mural of giant sea marsh plants native to the marshlands of the South Downs, is being unveiled on the end terrace of Fountain Close.
The botanical design has now been brought to life by artist Sarah Staton and two other professional artists who painted the mural over insulated render, which will allow for improved heating efficiency for residents.
The mural replaces the original hanging tiles, some of which had fallen off or suffered damage and needed constant repair and replacement.
Residents will now have the choice as to which of the five projects they prefer, and these will be recreated appropriately throughout the remainder of the estate.
The work is part of a larger regeneration plan which started with a Green Spaces project, as part of Big Lottery Funding, to transform the area behind the Willingdon Trees Community Centre and create a play park costing £500,000, in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council.
Since the park’s opening in 2012, Places for People has held successful annual community games events for residents and their families in the area.
David Hooper, Places for People Regional Manager said: “We wanted to rejuvenate the neighbourhood and work with the residents and community. The mural project not only benefits them in terms of improved insulation, but looks good at the same time. It was four years in the making from paper to appearing on the wall, but we think it will be a real talking point and one that residents are proud of.”
Artist Sarah Staton, who has created artworks and designs for museums like Tate and the V&A, said: “The Willingdon mural is my biggest outdoor wall painting to date. The residents made us feel very at home and many told us how much they really liked the paintings. We talked about art and life with those who came past while we were working on the project.”