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Bus firm to pay for pavilion art project at Carlton park


A local bus firm are set to fund a community art project at a Carlton park which was recently saved by campaigners.

Nottingham City Transport is to pay for materials which will allow a graffiti artist to brighten up the pavilion at Onchan Park on Oakdale Road.

NEW LOOK: Competition winners are pictured with Anthony Carver Smith, from NCT, and Paul Goodson, OP Events Co-ordinator.

A competition was held recently for children to design a mural for the pavilion and the winning design, by Heather Cully, will now be added to the walls of the building by local artist Dak.

NCT marketing manager Anthony Carver-Smith stepped in to provide the cost of materials to enable the artwork to go ahead.

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Paul Goodson, events co-ordinator for Friends of Onchan Park, said: “We couldn’t have dreamt of a better response.  NCT and their employees have really done the community proud.

“The pavilion has been looking rather neglected this year since government budget cuts have come into force and this will really brighten up the park space.   The children have been really excited at the prospect of their artwork being turned into giant graffiti art.”

Talented artist Heather Cully encountered stiff competition from 4 local primary schools (Carlton Central Junior School, Carlton Central Infant and Nursery School, Parkdale Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School) to design the winning mural for the wall facing the play area at Oakdale Road Recreation Ground. Local Councillors Paul Wilkinson and Nicki Brooks were delighted to judge the competition and were bowled over by the scope of talent from Carlton’s youngsters.

Local people are looking forward to seeing the graffiti art completed. The volunteer group also hope to apply for grant finding to create a community hub and completely renovate the park, working with Gedling Borough Council.

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