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Volunteers from Beech Hill Book-Cycle group, PCSOs and councillors have collaborated with Wigan College
Volunteers from Beech Hill Book-Cycle group, PCSOs and councillors have collaborated with Wigan College
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ARTY students will soon have their own wall to spray legal graffiti.

Wigan West and Central ward councillors Phyll Cullen and George Davies are working in partnership with Beech Hill Book Cycle and Wigan and Leigh College to create a space for youngsters to doodle and spray tags near the Pagefield campus in Walkden Avenue.

As the wall is currently full of offensive material and looks unsightly, the group decided it could be put to better use and college students will white-wash the bricks to create a blank canvas. Artist Doodle Dubz will also teach the teenagers how to create responsible graffiti artwork.

Anthony Melling, who is leading Beech Hill Book Cycle, said: “This wall has been painted on for years and it looks a mess.

“Teenagers spray their tags and risk getting caught by the police.

“But we thought if these youngsters had somewhere to spray legal graffiti, we could have some amazing art work and they were not just hanging around the streets.

“There are no houses overlooking it and the students can keep on repainting the wall.”

Couns Cullen and Davies have contributed £300 of their Brighter Borough money for the project and are delighted to be involved.

Coun Davies said: “The project is a great idea and will help our students through their education and training.

“The wall will brighten up the area for people visiting our Mesnes Park.”

The project has also got the support of the area’s PCSOs.

PCSO Barrie Jones said; “My son was a graffiti artist and he had to travel quite far for a legal wall, so this is a great opportunity to get youths involved and stay out of trouble.They will look after it themselves and ensure it is tasteful.”

Coun Cullen added: “I want to say thank you to Wigan’s PCSOs who have been in touch with a graffiti artist, Penny McGinty, head of Leisure and Culture for Wigan Council, Mesnes Park management group, and Wigan and Leigh College who have all helped to support the project.”

The project is expected to start next spring.