Neighbours, councillors and traders coming together to clean up town footpath

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 September 2018

Residents and traders from The Colony have teamed up with Exmouth mayor Jeff Trail to clean up Lambeth Walk. Picture: Contributed

Residents and traders from The Colony have teamed up with Exmouth mayor Jeff Trail to clean up Lambeth Walk. Picture: Contributed

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Residents and traders in The Colony area of Exmouth are coming together to give a well-used footpath a facelift.

Lambeth Walk connects those living in that area of the town with the main shopping district and has become known for its overgrown banks and graffiti-laden walls – until now.

Led by fellow resident and project leader Erika Gooding, those living in The Colony are putting the wheels in motion on a project to create a walkway they can be proud of.

Erika has told the Journal that people can expect to see a much improved Lambeth Walk in the near future, adding: “Pedestrians can expect to see a stunning mural painted on the wall of Tool Care Hire and in the spring the creation of a flowerbed in the green space alongside the path.

“The project is essentially about a community getting together with businesses to improve the environment.”

She also said the idea came out of a plea to town, district and county councillors to improve the area and it was town mayor Jeff Trail who responded and ‘within days’ the bank which lines the path was given a much-needed trim.

Erika was keen to create a mural to hide the ‘ugly’ graffiti which has blighted the footpath and cllr Trail arranged for her to meet with businesses in the area to see if they could help.

Sam Phillips, of Tool Care 
Hire, offered to render the 
wall of his business ready for the mural to be created and also offered to create a perennial flowerbed.

Wilson Paints will also be supplying the paint and advice for the mural which will be designed based on a sea view and will include wild foxgloves – the symbol of East Devon.

Plans are also in place for the chain link fencing to be replaced, flooding on the road to be rectified and the streets to be weeded.

A wildflower bank is also being suggested.

Any residents who feel they can help by painting the mural or planting and maintaining the flowerbed can contact Erika by emailing lambethwalkproject@yahoo.com

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