Residents and a local artist have begun work on a mural on a Crewe alleyway as part of a community project launched by the Crewe & Nantwich MP Dr Kieran Mullan.
Local artist David Jewkes has been commissioned to help residents with the mural on the Westminster St/Walthall St alleyway. Work on the alleyway started in May with residents helped by the MP, local Town Councillors and groups like Crewe Clean Team, Crewe Goodgym and Crewe Residents Against Fly Tipping.
Together they have removed rubbish and weeds and installed wall hung plant pots and planters. The alleyway has been totally transformed and is now back in use as a community space with residents reporting a big drop in fly tipping and bins being left out.
Dr Mullan was inspired to get the project going after seeing images of transformed alleyways in other parts of the country. After speaking to other projects a partnership was formed with Anfield based charity Alley Angels who have also been supporting the project.
Funding has been provided by local employer Radius Payment Solutions.
Commenting Kieran said “I first saw about community alleyway projects a couple of years ago and thought we should try it in Crewe. Lockdown has meant we had to wait to get this going. But we have had such an amazing time working with residents to transform this alleyway. Our alleyway champion Denise has been there from day 1 helping us and speaking to residents and getting people on board. So it was great for her to join us on starting the mural. I am incredibly grateful to all the residents and community activists who have helped us, giving many hours of their time. And of course thanks to Radius without whom this would not have been possible.”
The Westminster St/Walthall St alleyway project is taking place as the wider Cheshire East Cleaner Crewe pilot project continues to roll out. The initiative is being trialled over the summer in 26 streets in central Crewe, which have been blighted by poor waste management, including contamination of bins and fly-tipping.
The scheme sees the borough council and town council working together as one team, to enhance street cleanliness and combat the problems of poor domestic waste management and anti-social and illegal waste disposal. The intention is to not only tackle those individuals who commit environmental crime but also reassure residents, who are suffering as a result, that such offences will not be tolerated. If successful, the ‘one team’ cleaner streets pilot could be rolled out across Cheshire East.