Metamorphosis - St Ann's subways

Councillor Wendy Cooksey writes about the transformation of St Ann's subways.


Last year, my fellow ward members and I allocated funding to a community arts project aimed at brightening up the subways at St Ann’s Road. This work was informed by members of the community who talked to the artist about the heritage of Eastwood to determine what would finally appear.

Work on site began with a clean up of the area before paint was applied to provide a clear background for the murals. It was great that so many people stopped to ask questions and also helped with painting. The end result is a bright subway environment that captures elements of the town’s history and which has got us thinking of other ways to enhance this marvellous space.

RMBC are looking at improving the lighting in the area and Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Development Trust are planning to put up a couple of nesting boxes. In addition we hope to plant 4000 mixed bulbs in March with help from our partner organisations and residents to make the space one of the brightest in the town outside of Clifton Park. We are also exploring marking out areas of the floor for children’s games. Longer term, it would be super if we could create an outdoor performance space there.

Watch out for us in the subway area and come and say hello.


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