Members of Watermoor Community Group rally together to transform run-down area of Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cllr Jenny Hincks Cllr Jenny Hincks

A RUN down part of Cirencester is to be given a new lease of life after members of the local community grew sick of it being an eyesore.

The pavement area outside the cluster of fast food restaurants on Watermoor Road will be completely revamped as part of a project championed by members of the Watermoor Community Group.

Cllr Jenny Hincks, chairman of the community group, said that a lot of people have been keen to get involved.

“The response to the project so far has been really great. Lots of people have been coming forward who are willing to help us,” she said.

The renovation, which is being supported by Cirencester Town Council, will see residents lay new paving stones and install a number of decorative plant tubs in an attempt to breathe new life into the area.

Cllr Hincks told the Standard that any refurbishment work that is to be carried out in that part of Watermoor will be long overdue.

“That area is just so run down. Something really needs to be done about. The pavement is so dangerous for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs,” she said.

“When people come into Watermoor from the roundabout near the fire station, that’s the first thing they will see. It needs to be looking its best.”

A grant of £500, as well as staff resources, will be given to the group by the town council to help with the project.

Andrew Tubb, chief executive of CTC, said: “The town council works together with the ward based community groups to identify areas of the town which are in need of improvement.

“I understand that this particular project includes provision of planters and plants at this location.”

Anybody interested in lending a hand with the work should contact Jenny Hincks on 01285 658984.

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