Street’s a brighter place to live

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5a'Adam Potter 10, Perry Haycock 9, Callum Sowersby, Dylan Sowersby 8

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5a'Adam Potter 10, Perry Haycock 9, Callum Sowersby, Dylan Sowersby 8

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CHILDREN and residents in a Bridlington street have been putting the finishing touches to a scheme to brighten up their area.

Together with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Community Play Rangers, they set to last Friday to create their own piece of community art – including a ‘Welcome To Baptist Place’ mural.

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5b'Roy Potter 17, Robert Scurrah 14

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5b'Roy Potter 17, Robert Scurrah 14

It is the final part of the Baptist Place Improvement Project, led by the Bridlington Renaissance team and supported both by the council’s housing and play and early years teams and local residents.

It involved replacing an old brick bus shelter, which to the dismay of residents was vandalised within days of being installed but repaired and tidied up by the council, and creating an area of open space.

Some small play equipment and seating have also be provided in the scheme which, including the bus shelter, is costing around £25,000.

Emma Simpson, community play ranger team leader, said: “The children have been fantastic to work with and have thrown their energy into the play sessions.

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5c'Group'Emma Simpson 07917531399

Baptist Place'Kids and resicents painting the wall on the waste ground'PA1122-5c'Group'Emma Simpson 07917531399

“It is hoped that allowing the children to create their own space will encourage them to look after it for years to come.”

Residents of the 23 homes have been campaigning for improvements for around 10 years.

Despite their best efforts the former Baptist Place Residents Association could not raise enough to do the work they wanted but were able to contribute £1,272.35 they had left.