Re-imaging Project in Woodbourne
Published: Thur, 12 Nov 2015
Positive support from the local community has helped transform Woodbourne Village and Lenadoon Estate, creating a safer and more pleasant place to be.
The PSNI station at Woodbourne is a landmark known to many and a previous project to improve the appearance of the station walls on the Stewartstown Road side was highly successful.
This success has been built on through the addition of two racism awareness murals illustrating that the Woodbourne and Lenadoon areas are welcoming to all. The two pieces of artwork have been made possible by funding from our Community Cohesion team. The grant has helped provide the finishing touches to this area’s community-led transformation.
Over the past few years the area behind the police station has been changing, with derelict ground now fully landscaped and nearby garages improved courtesy of our Grounds Maintenance team. Security lighting provided by the PSNI and alley gates by Belfast City Council has made the whole area much safer.
Our West Belfast Area Manager, Sharon Beattie, was delighted with the project’s outcome saying:
“The local community has been fully involved from the project’s inception giving a real sense of ownership and pride from the outset. The consultation ensured this new artwork features images close to the communities’ heart.
“On behalf of the Housing Executive I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making the project such a success. I commend the partnership work shown by everyone from the Housing Executive, Lenadoon Community Forum, Belfast City Council and the PSNI. The artwork welcomes everyone to the area, and a further benefit is the ‘feel good’ factor that the whole project has created. Well done!”
Local artist, Fra Maher, created the murals after consultation with the local community. He said:
“It was great to be involved in this project to provide images that would be associated with Woodbourne as a village, and these buildings are easily recognisable to all local residents. The Nelson Mandela artwork is a personal favourite of mine, the man was a legendary icon for peace and reconciliation.”
Paddy O’Donnell from Lenadoon Community Forum, one of the main drivers behind the Woodbourne Village transformation, said:
“This is another positive step towards building relationships in the local community. Woodbourne Village can be very proud of its inclusive surroundings.
“Fra Maher has done a great job with his artwork, we have worked with Fra on previous community initiatives and this is another brilliant project. On behalf of the local community I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their considerable contribution to the whole project.”