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Barking businesses get a splash of paint

PUBLISHED: 10:10 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:11 03 May 2013

Luke James, Owen Phillips, Zarah Hussain, Laura Woolf and Laura Middlehurst spruce up shop fronts in Barking

Luke James, Owen Phillips, Zarah Hussain, Laura Woolf and Laura Middlehurst spruce up shop fronts in Barking

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Two businesses in London Road were the first to benefit from a crafty initiative to brighten up the high street.

Paint The Town will see up to 50 shops in Barking Town Centre given free shutter shop front makeovers.

It is the brainchild of the Town Team which was set up in 2011 to come up with innovative ideas of transforming the high street into a social place, bustling with people and business.

The Sandwich Box and Women’s Advisory Centre have already had a revamp with a splash of colour.

Zahra Ibrahim from the Women’s Advisory Centre said; “It’s amazing what paint and imagination can do. Not only for the women we advise but local people walking past. We can see and feel the wonderful change this has brought to this area. You can imagine how the whole place will look and feel after.”

The project is being funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund.

Jeremy Grint, divisional director for regeneration and economic development at Barking and Dagenham council, said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses and residents alike.”

Any Barking town centre shops who are interested in a free make-over can contact Zarah Hussain on 07976 458105 and Luke James on 07973 411572 for shutter improvements, or call art consultants We Are Laura on 07837 945430 for signage and internal make-overs.


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