Exmouth grot spot transformation begins

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 15 October 2018

Chris Gooding, Exmouth Mayor Jeff Trail, Erika Gooding and Sam Phillips from Tool Care Hire. Credit: Joseph Bulmer

Chris Gooding, Exmouth Mayor Jeff Trail, Erika Gooding and Sam Phillips from Tool Care Hire. Credit: Joseph Bulmer

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Residents take matters into their own hands when dealing with grot spot.

Foxglove flowers featured in the mural. Credit Joseph Bulmer.Foxglove flowers featured in the mural. Credit Joseph Bulmer.

An Exmouth grot spot has been given an artistic makeover thanks to the work of a fledgling community group.

Lambeth Walk Project, set up by Erika and Chris Gooding, has finished painting a mural on the shortcut between The Colony area of the town and the main shopping district.

The mural, which depicts a view of the sea framed by foxglove flowers, is the first part of a three phase plan to turn Lambeth Walk from an eyesore into a nice place to walk.

Project leader Erika Gooding said: “We’re absolutely delighted with it; it’s a serene image which never fails to put a smile on people’s faces.

Chris Gooding, Exmouth Mayor Jeff Trail, Erika Gooding and Sam Phillips from Tool Care Hire. Credit: Joseph BulmerChris Gooding, Exmouth Mayor Jeff Trail, Erika Gooding and Sam Phillips from Tool Care Hire. Credit: Joseph Bulmer

“We’ve been overwhelmed with the thanks we’ve received. It’s lovely to see the local children enjoying the mural. It’s now a pleasure to walk through Lambeth Walk.”

Wilson Paints supplied the paint used and offered advice; the wall itself was volunteered by Tool Care Hire.

It took Erika, Jeff and four other volunteers roughly 10 days to bring the mural to life, with a little help from pupils of Exeter Road Community Primary School.

In March next year the group plans to create a flower bed on the grass area in front of the mural.

The project is also looking for volunteers to help cut back the brambles and long grass on the bank running alongside Lambeth Walk.

Exmouth Mayor Jeff Trail has supported the project from the beginning and was present when the mural was officially unveiled on Thursday, he said: “I think it’s a great project set up by local people keen to make a difference. The comments from passersby are really encouraging too and this is just the beginning.”

Project members hope the mural, flowerbed and bramble clearance are the beginnings of something greater for the area, Chris said: “There’s a real momentum now to regenerate The Colony area. I hope this is just the start.

“We’ve felt ignored for a long time and have now taken matters into our own hands, it feels good.”

Any residents who feel they can help with planting the flowerbed or would like to take part in training to clear the bank can contact Erika by emailing lambethwalkproject@yahoo.com.

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