mural 2For the past fortnight dozens of volunteers have been hard at work transforming part of Chatham town centre into a work of art – with the finished work set to be revealed this weekend.

Artist Richard Jeferies was commissioned to lead the community project working with residents to create a colourful mural to brighten up part of the High Street.
The mural, featuring a collage of scenes from Chatham’s past, present and future, will be officially unveiled at noon tomorrow (Saturday) at the site, located next door to the Homestyle store building.

mural 1The project came about through Medway Council’s Developing Neighbourhoods Approach (DNA) scheme, part funded through the European Regional Development fund. Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the positive response this project has had with more than 200 local residents picking up a brush and getting involved.

“I hope that shoppers and visitors to Chatham will enjoy it for years to come.” The mural is part of ongoing council efforts to support Medway’s High Streets, not least providing some of the cheapest car parking charges in Kent. Plans to develop new shops and housing at Chatham Waterfront, ongoing environmental improvements and the transformation of buildings at Sun Pier into a new hub for creative businesses – will further help to regenerate Chatham town centre.