Art bonus for Brixington parade

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

SPRING may have come and gone, but a June clean-up will help a Brixington shopping arcade look spick-and-span for summer. New artwork will adorn the walls at Brixington Parade, in Churchill Road, as part of a plan to help promote and support local shopkee

SPRING may have come and gone, but a June clean-up will help a Brixington shopping arcade look spick-and-span for summer.New artwork will adorn the walls at Brixington Parade, in Churchill Road, as part of a plan to help promote and support local shopkeepers. Keeping the scheme firmly within the community, Brixington School pupils this week finished four large canvases for the Parade. The arcade's facelift is the result of collaboration between Exmouth authorities and shopkeepers. Deputy Mayor and Brixington ward Councillor Darryl Nicholas suggested the plans six months ago and, with the help of the Exmouth Town Management Partnership, bright new artwork will hit the walls of the Parade for all to see.Cllr Nicholas said: "This project is about recognising how important local shops are within the community and the service they provide. Brixington Parade is a great example of a range of shops right on the doorstep of residents."The final art pieces were selected after a school competition to paint a picture depicting life in the community. Exmouth Community College art students will be on hand to help Brixington youngsters transfer their art to large canvases. Wilson's Paint, of Exeter Road, has supplied paint and materials.Project sponsors the Town Management Partnership said through chair, Cllr Pat Graham: "It is great that so many young people want to help out and work together by being part of this project"Community College student council chairman Jon Woodcraft added: "We are delighted to be involved with such an exciting and forward thinking project. We hope that the primary school children will gain a lot fromit."The project follows a strong year for Brixington Parade, which saw all its shops filled after several years of empty units affecting trade.The next phase will see organisers pressing County and District Councils for better signage to the shopping arcade, and further promotion of the Parade.

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