Gloucester to get a lick of paint

 

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Gloucester City Council giving the city centre a lick of paint ahead of the summer to improve the appearance of the gate streets and surrounding area for the busy tourist season.

Over 187 bollards are being given a fresh coat of paint in their existing dark blue and gold colours, in addition to 64 bike racks, 12 power boxes and nine fences. Many of the bollards are intended to represent Gloucester’s history of manufacturing pins and needles.

The painting is being delivered by FRP (the Furniture Recycling Project), using their volunteers overseen by experienced staff. By working with the charity, it provides volunteers with practical on the job skills that can be used to help them find employment in future.

All the bollards and service boxes on the Gate Streets will be painted over several sessions.  Work started this month and will be continued through the month and into July.

Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This work is important to us, as we want the city centre to look its best.  It’s vital we look after the day to day appearance of the city centre as well as work towards its longer-term transformation.  I’m grateful to the team from the Furniture Recycling Project for helping us with this project.”

Ian Ellis, chief executive officer at FRP, said: “We are happy to be working alongside Gloucester City Council once again to support our volunteers develop new skills that grows their confidence and that they can use in their search for future employment.

“Their hard work is helping the city centre to look even better and I think that all the volunteers should be really proud of their hard work.”