Art to screen town eyesore

PUBLISHED: 08:32 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

ARTISTS from across Seaton could be flocking to Harbour Road to take part in a community art project.

ARTISTS from across Seaton could be flocking to Harbour Road to take part in a community art project.The scheme is aimed at bringing a splash of colour to the former Racal site, which is now surrounded by wooden hoardings.Seaton mayor Councillor Sandra Semple raised the idea at Seaton Town Council and outlined it to a meeting on Monday, September 15.She said anyone who wanted to take part would be invited to paint a window or door on the long hoarding and raise money for charity at the same time.She said: "This would be a really big project because it is such a big hoarding."We would raise money for charity by charging people £5 to paint either a window or a door with any art work they wish."If they cannot do it themselves, they can pay £10 for someone else to do it."She said that not all the hoarding would be involved in the scheme, as the developers wanted to keep some of it for their own work but in the longer term, some of the windows and doors would be cut out and replaced with clear plastic to allow people to see the development behind taking shape, as and when work begins.The project is likely to take place from Saturday, October 25, to Saturday, November 1, with a suggestion that a community event also takes place during the week to mark Hallowe'en.Mrs Semple said: "The police are very keen to be involved and there are a couple of art teachers who are willing to give us their time."We want as many people in the community to paint the windows and doors as possible."We thought it was a good way to bring the community together and something fun for the kids to do in half term."The council agreed in principle to back the project, with the suggestion that it makes £500 available to pay for the hoarding to be primed for the scheme.However, it was agreed that the finance and general purposes committee should discuss it before the amount could be confirmed.

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