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Community mural project in Westham

A community mural will help improve the look and feel of a notorious graffiti hotspot in Weymouth.

The underpasses in Westham have been highlighted as a problem area for graffiti.

Dorset Community Safety Partnership has funded a community project to design and paint a mural in the underpasses to help enrich the local community.

It aims to encourage residents to respect the environment where they live.

The project is being co-ordinated by local artist Hannah Wallace, who is asking for anyone to forward their mural design ideas.

It is running alongside the Wipe Out project which will see offenders repaying their debt to society by scrubbing graffiti off the streets of Weymouth.

The community payback offenders will be cleaning the walls ready for Hannah and her team of community volunteers to paint the mural.

Hannah said: “I feel really proud to be part of this. What the project aims to do is superb. 

“It's always top of the list to encapsulate a sense and feeling of what the local community want, and I'm getting really involved in 'capturing' the Westham area: the people, the culture etc.

“I want the movements of the project and its outcome to be amazing.”

Cllr Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “Graffiti has been a problem in the underpasses at Westham and the project is an excellent idea.

“It is about making positive changes to an area to make feel residents safe and proud of their neighbourhood.”

Residents can attend a workshop to bring ideas for the mural together.

It will be held on Friday 17 February from 3pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Newstead Road, Westham.

Alternatively, ideas can be emailed to Melissa Fear, Community Safety Officer, at m.fear@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk.