Cannock shop shutters to become pieces of art

Shutter doors across a Staffordshire town centre are set to be transformed into works of art.

Shutters across the town will be given an artistic makeover
Shutters across the town will be given an artistic makeover

Cannock Town Council is working with a professional spray artist to produce pieces of art on 14 shutters across the town centre as part of a range of environmental improvements.

Work will take place during the summer on the shutters, which include seven opposite St. Luke’s Church and seven on vacant shops by the Beecroft Road subway underpass.

The art works are part of the council's plan to spend £94,000 on environmental improvements in the town centre.

Other improvements include a comprehensive painting scheme, improving the exterior of appearance of the Prince of Wales Theatre and updating display cabinets around the town.

The council aims for the town centre improvements to be completed to coincide with the opening of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in autumn 2020.

Councillor Gordon Alcott, leader for town centre regeneration, said he hoped the new art works would improve the ambience of the town centre.

He said: "We want to make sure that the existing town centre looks as welcoming as it can, with a predicted growth of 3 to 4 million visitors per annum due to visit the new Designer Outlet Village.

"We are hoping a large proportion of these visitors will come to the town centre and see what is on offer locally."

The Council is now seeking ideas and images from local community groups which reflect the local area that could be incorporated into the final designs.

Ideas need to be sent to communications@cannockchasedc.gov.uk by Friday, July 24, with the professional artist using the ideas to come up with the overall design theme.

For more information, call 01543 464338 or email angelahaynes@cannockchasedc.gov.uk

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