From 21 to 25 November, 10am-2.30pm, an interactive exhibition will be in the Youth Hub (ex-Decathlon store in the Elmsleigh Centre, by the bus station in Staines), where residents will be able to contribute their thoughts on the town so the ideas can be incorporated into a new mural being painted on the walls underneath the Iron Bridge.
Earlier this year (2022), Network Rail replaced the Iron Bridge, which spans the London Road at the top of the High Street. The bridge forms one of the main routes into Staines, for both pedestrians and traffic.
Following the replacement of the bridge, Surrey County Council will be widening and improving the footpath that runs underneath it, for better pedestrian access. As part of that project, they have commissioned an artist to paint a colourful mural on the walls.
Located at the top end of the pedestrianised high street, the design will aim to represent the town and its residents. The colourful artwork will brighten up the area and act as a welcome to visitors and residents alike, who pass under the arch.
Surrey County Council Placemaking Project Manager, Simon Lowe, said, “Structural work to replace and widen the pavements for residents is only part of making improvements to the town. Focusing on the visual side as well, we want to make the bridge an attractive feature for all the people who pass under it every day. I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas from residents and the final design.”
The consultation is your opportunity to input into the design. Residents can pop into the Youth Hub, which is in the ex-Decathlon store in the Elmsleigh Centre, near the bus station, anytime between 10am and 2.30pm from 21 November to 25 November to contribute.
Anyone who wants to contribute but can’t get to the exhibition in person can contribute online via the website.