Royal Arcade Walkway transformed by children’s art

Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council have collaborated with local schools and a professional artist to bring public art to the town centre.

A mural will be painted to change the face of the main walkway connecting Queensway to Crewe Bus Station, which has been badly damaged by graffiti.

The vandalised walkway was first brought to the attention of property developers, Redefine International, by local teenager Sean Moulton who wished to see the Walkway restored for the benefit of the Town. Redefine International submitted his ideas to Cheshire East Council who were tasked with improving this public pathway in a creative way. From these beginnings, Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council have worked with the local community on an exciting regeneration project.  Students and young people in the area were asked to create a piece of artwork inspired by what Crewe means to them. The project aimed to portray the history and culture of Crewe, as rendered by children aged 8-11.

A number of pupils from Edleston Primary School and Wistaston Church Lane Academy are among the winners who will see their artwork incorporated into the mural by a professional artist. The team behind the project believe it is the perfect campaign to both highlight the heritage of Crewe and support both Cheshire East and Crewe Town Councils’ wider initiative to regenerate the town centre.


Councillor Kevin Hickson, Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Crewe Town Council, said ‘Crewe Town Council is very pleased to have supported this project to improve a well-known grot spot in the Town Centre.  Although the area is earmarked for future development, it would have been wrong to have left the arcade in the condition it was in.  We note the role of the civic activism of local people in initiating this work and encourage everyone in Crewe to get involved in improving both the Town Centre and their local area.  Let us all take pride in our town rather than talking it down.’

The walkway is scheduled to be repainted this October and will be unveiled to the public on Monday 19th October.

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