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Canterbury underpass brightened up with mural to tackle graffiti

By Max Newton

A dingy underpass has been brightened up with pictures of iconic city landmarks.

The mural in the passage in Rheims Way, next to Canterbury Castle in Wincheap, features photos of the Cathedral and the King Ethelbert statue.

The Rheims Way underpass mural, featuring the Cathedral (16208651)
The Rheims Way underpass mural, featuring the Cathedral (16208651)

The city council hopes the project will also help tackle graffiti.

Anti-tagging campaigner Cllr Nick Eden-Gren (Lib Dem) said: “My hope is that it will make the underpass feel more like a subway that you would want to walk through, rather than one you have to walk through."

He is also pleased with the positive responses he has received from residents.

But Kristina Howard, 31, was not so impressed, arguing taxpayers' cash would be better spent tackling crime or homelessness.

“It feels like the council could be spending their money on better things, rather than pretty murals," she said.

The Rheims Way underpass mural, featuring the King Ethelbert statue (16208655)
The Rheims Way underpass mural, featuring the King Ethelbert statue (16208655)

Former Medway resident, Jordan Wheatley, 18, had a mixed view of street art in the city.

"If it’s artistic it doesn’t bother me, but nobody likes to see ugly tag," he says.

The project will also include the tiling of the ramp walls leading down to the underpass, which will make it easier to clean graffiti.

More work is planned at underpasses across the city, including at St Dunstan's and St George's, to improve their lighting and create a safer atmosphere.

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