A project to paint part of Cirencester will get going this month as budding young graffiti artists tackle an underpass in the town.

The Chesterton underpass, which links Chesterton Lane with Deer Park School and Cirencester College, will have a new lease of life when an on-going project to paint it in a ‘street-art’ style will start on Saturday January 24th.

The project was first launched in 2006 when students at nearby Deer Park School painted the subway during their Enrichment Week, but following an act of vandalism in 2008 – which wrecked parts of the artwork – it has been painted white.

Cotswold District Council is one of several partners on the project, which also includes Deer Park School, Cirencester College, the Chesterton Project, local businesses and Gloucestershire Police.

The funding for the project has come from several sources, including the Council, and it is hoped the underpass can be decorated on a regular basis.

Cllr Clive Bennett, Cotswold District Council’s Portfolio holder for Safe and Strong Communities, said:

“This is an excellent opportunity for young artists to display their skills. The council is pleased to support this project which will add interest to the underpass.”

“The main users of the underpass would appear to be youngsters going to and from school and college so this is art by youngsters for youngsters. Hopefully it will not become a target for vandals.”

Saturday’s painting will start at 9am while pedestrians will be able to use the subway via a cordoned-off walkway.

The underpass is owned by Gloucestershire County Council, who is responsible for its structure and upkeep.

Source: Cotswold District Council