Creative plans for Crawley subway

Ginger Moo artists working with local residents to design a mural to be painted on the Woolborough Way subway (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150413-112115008

Ginger Moo artists working with local residents to design a mural to be painted on the Woolborough Way subway (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150413-112115008

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Artists and residents have joined forces to come up with ideas for a mural to brighten a dreary subway.

Northgate Community Centre, in Barnfield Road, was a hive of creativity on Saturday (April 11) when artists from Ginger Moo held a creative workshop.

The mural will be designed around the themes of history, landscape, transport and engineering – to reflect both the neighbourhood and the industrial are – and should be completed by the beginning of June.

The subway, which leads from Woolborough Lane, Northgate, to Manor Royal, was identified as being in dire need of a facelift by the Manor Royal Business Improvement District (BID).

The BID was launched in 2013 and provides the resources to attract investment to Manor Royal – including improving the look of the area.

Repairs, resurfacing and cleaning of the subway will be paid for by the BID.

Additional funding will be provided by West Sussex County Council.

Following the workshop, Rachel Cowell, of Ginger Moo, said: “We had quite a lot of local residents who were intrigued to see what we were doing.

“So far we’ve had a really enthusiastic response to the project.”

Ginger Moo will hold two further workshops for children at the Gatwick School at the end of the month as well as sessions with Manor Royal businesses.

Once the design is agreed, Rachel will join fellow artists Hannah Adamaszek and Susan Hamill to transform the subway from concrete dreariness to something a lot more colourful.