Ignored Burmantofts underpass given much needed refurbishment

Caption) - Present at the unveiling included Cllr Ron Grahame (member of the inner east community committee), Cllr Asghar Khan (chair of the inner east community committee), Kath Kipling, Yvonne Jarrett, Cllr Maureen Ingham (member of the inner east community committee), Vi Craig and Alison Gordon.

A previously neglected subway in Burmantofts has been given an eye-catching revamp by a community arts project.

Funded by the inner east community committee and local housing panel, a number of mosaic art pieces featuring trees, animals and other eye-catching designs now adorn the walls in in the Haslewood Dene underpass that were specially created by local groups and Seagulls Re-use Ltd.

As part of the refurbishment, which came from an initial idea by Burmantofts’ residents to a local forum, the subway was also given a welcome lick of anti-graffiti paint, and is now looking cleaner, brighter and more attractive. Local groups who have played their part in the scheme include; Burmantofts Senior Action, Lincoln Green Community Café, Ebor Gardens Primary School and St Peter’s Primary School.

Present at the official unveiling of the subway included chair of the inner east community committee Cllr Asghar Khan, local councillors and Burmantofts residents, which also included a mosaic making workshop along with afternoon tea and cakes at Ebor Gardens Community Centre.

Cllr Asghar Khan, chair of the inner east community committee said:

"We were delighted through our community committee to provide funding towards the refurbishment of the Haslewood Dene underpass, and it was brilliant to see the final results at the official unveiling.

"Working with Seagulls Re-use Ltd, local groups created some truly fantastic mosaic art pieces that now adorn the walls of the subway, which is now looking cleaner, brighter and more welcoming.

"The initial idea for this project was made by local residents, and this is a great example of what can be achieved by working with and raising an issue through our local forums and community committee."

Notes to editors:

The Haslewood Dene underpass is located just off Haslewood Drive, LS9 7PP.

Local councillors commissioned the scheme from their Inner East Community Committee Wellbeing budget and match funding was provided by Inner East Housing Advisory Panel. The project idea came from the local residents who attend the Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Community Leadership Team.

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