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Manor Way graffiti project keeps children off the streets in Borehamwood
Children and teenagers have added a splash of colour to a dull concrete wall in a scheme to keep them off the streets over half term.
The graffiti project saw them paint a scene from The Muppets on a wall in Manor Way, Borehamwood, yesterday and today.
Hertfordshire County Council, Borehamwood Councillor Sandra Parnell and PCSO Natalie Pearman enlisted the help of a professional artist to show the children how it is done.
It aims to provide a positive, fun activity for young people to meet new friends and keep them occupied during the week-long school holidays.
Cllr Parnell said: “It’s been simply wonderful. The children are all so talented and their creative sides have really come out.
“I’m impressed with how hard everyone’s been working. It’s great to see them engaging and they’ll have something to show for their efforts.
“I’m really pleased this scheme has been a success.”
Borehamwood South county councillor Alan Plancey allocated £1,340 from his locality budget to Hertfordshire Constabulary to pay for the scheme.
By involving the children in improving the appearance of the shopping area, organisers hope it will reduce the likelihood of the area being vandalised.
Cllr Parnell added: “It’s been really fun and the children have all had a great time.
“Some of their parents have been down to see their artwork and they are all really pleased with what their children have accomplished.
“I’m so proud of them all too.”
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