Police share video of ‘rewarding’ creative art work of young people in Littleport

A splash of colour came to Littleport over the bank holiday weekend thanks to the hard work of some

A splash of colour came to Littleport over the bank holiday weekend thanks to the hard work of some creative young people in a street art project. - Credit: Archant

Police have shared a video which shows the “rewarding” creative work of young people in Littleport improving the area around Mill Pit Furlong with public art.

The footage, which was posted on the Policing East Cambridgeshire Facebook page, was forwarded to officers by Joanne Coe from the Port Youth Group.

A spokesman said: “On August 26 Street Art Hire, lead by Nathan Nice, came down to help our young people and steer their creativity.

“Joanne Coe played an instrumental part in helping us to reach a group of more than 12 young people from the local area.

“By the end of the day more than 20 had taken involvement.

“This comes as the second phase of a redevelopment plan that is tackling crime, antisocial behaviour and litter in the area.

“Mill Pit Furlong was becoming over grown and susceptible to street drinking and drug abuse.

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“Trees have been trimmed back to increase public visibility and lighting, the area has been tidied, and public art has brightened the walls of the disused lavatory building.

“Phase three will see the planting of new perennial bedding flowers, and the carving of a tree sculpture on the land.

“The project was made possible as a result of the combined efforts of the Parish Council, the East Cambs District Council, and with funding from the Community Safety Partnership.

“Clive Webber, chairman of Littleport Parish Council - spent much of the week before hand preparing the walls for decoration.”

Sergeant Phil Priestley said: “The project is really beginning to take shape now and it has come as a consequence of many weeks of planning.

“Every aspect of the project is the consequence of the active involvement of a community member and shows the strength of Littleport as a collective body.

“It’s particularly rewarding to see the young people coming together to improve their village. They have every right to be proud of their contribution”.

“The project will be moving onto more horticultural concerns in the coming weeks - with the installation of a bug hotel and bird boxes planned.

“The group are still keen to identify anyone - young or less young - who would like to get involved.”