'Blooming Waterside' initiative aims to beautify mid-Waterside streets

Wed, 20/11/2019 - 01:43 -- Editor

The Mid Waterside Residents Association (MWRA) has launched an ambitious crowdfunding project to raise £5000 with a month to repaint, upgrade and beautify areas of the lower Waterside around Chapel Road/Violet Street - and they need your donation.

The MWRA are a group of neighbours and volunteers who came together as a registered charity in 2016 through the common goal of improving the environment around the mid Waterside area.The charity has been invited alongside UK projects by Aviva to take part in a Crowd funding competition for 'Blooming Waterside' a community improvement project. The charity has one month to hit their target and are appealing both city wide and beyond. Please visit and read about the project, support with a donation, no matter how small and share this far and wide.
You can visit this site to pledge support and read more about the project.

With the money they raise from crowdfunding MWRA aim to make the area a safe, inclusive and more beautiful place to live in. They aim to transform the back alleyways into blooming beautiful back alleyway laneways, thereby encouraging residents to use the otherwise unused spaces and alleyways as an actual integral part of our lived environment . With planting wildflower in dead spaces in the alleyways they are encouraging biodiversity within the area, and a new public domain that residents of all ages will use and be proud off. With the funding they intend to work with street artists UV Arts to create some feature community designed murals within the area.

The group initially came together in order to clean up the intersecting back alleyways which fall into a no mans land of ownership. and are constantly being used as a dumping ground but quickly realised that the formation of the group has brought the community together. Neighbours of all ages, religions and nationalities who have lived beside each other for years but did not know each other were now working together to make the mid waterside area a clean, welcoming, safe, friendly, inclusive place to live for all.

The Residents hope is that “that by initiating this project we are creating an inclusive community ethos that makes people think about our shared spaces and makes us proud of our neighbourhood. We hope by changing the culture of how back alley laneways are used that we can decrease the problems such as well as fly tipping, dog fouling, littering and antisocial behaviours with the area. We would love this dream to become a reality and would welcome any help you can give us in transforming the mid Waterside area.”

You can find out more and donate here

For further information contact watersidealleyways@gmail.com