Clacton underpass brightened up with student artwork

A Clacton underpass has been brightened up with artwork created by local students.

Underpass revamp Cllr Michael Talbot

The subway, which connects the two Brook Retail Parks, had been covered in graffiti before this project to make it more user-friendly.

A popular walking route between homes and local schools including Cann Hall Primary School and Clacton Coastal Academy, the initiative was drawn up to revamp the underpass to make it brighter and more pleasant for users.

Artist Scott Irving of Brave Arts led workshops with pupils from Clacton Coastal Academy who came up with ocean, space and cartoon themes to create the colourful murals for the walls of the subway.

The preparation of the site and installation of the mural was carried out by Tendring District Council (TDC).

Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, said the new-look subway was much-improved.

“The transformation of this underpass is incredible, largely thanks to the amazingly vibrant artwork by the artist and students involved,” Councillor Talbot said.

“I hope that the local community will now look after this lovely space in recognition of all of the hard work which has gone into this initiative.

“A huge well done must go to the ward member for driving this project forward, along with our TDC staff who have helped make this happen.”