A TOWN centre eyesore is set to benefit from a dramatic makeover shaped by the people of Cirencester.

The property developer behind a scheme to bring a cinema to the town is supporting a plan which will see the dilapidated site transformed and is calling on the town’s thriving creative community to help.

Property developer Wildmoor (Cirencester Ltd) has planning permission for a £48 million project to build a cinema in the Brewery Court, Cirencester.

Since planning permission was granted in 2014, little has changed, with the cinema no closer to being built.

Local councillors have expressed their frustrations at delays and have described the site as ‘an eyesore.'

But Wildmoor director Mark Booth says that the cinema development will go ahead, and in the meantime he would like to make the building available for a community project.

The old Bramleys store in the Brewery Court, set for demolition as part of the development, could have an artistic makeover as part of an initiative.

It has been suggested by the organisations to bring the building to life by painting the panels that are currently covering the glass front to the building.

Wildmoor managing director Mark Booth said: “We currently lease the building from Cotswold District Council and have put large grey painted panels over the previously broken windows. “We now wish to make this space available for community use.

“We would like to decorate the panels with one large panoramic mural but need ideas from the people of Cirencester as to what they would like to see on there.

“We want you to help us – Paint the Future.”

A small judging panel formed of Mark Booth, the leader of the council, Andrew Tubb, John Tiffney of the Civic Society and Shirley Alexander of Cirencester Community Development Trustwill judge the best design ideas and award a prize for the best. They will then find an artist to paint the mural and bring the designs to life, something Cllr David Fowles is looking forward to.

He said: “There is a wealth of talented artists in the area and I am sure that one of them will do an excellent job and help us with this project and I am looking forward to working with them,” he said.