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Colourful newly painted mural to 'discourage vandalism' on Staines Iron Bridge branded 'terrible'

Oct 12, 2023

Residents have mixed opinions on the new edition to Staines

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A brightly coloured mural underneath the newly replaced iron bridge in Staines has sparked debate, with some branding the art work which was commissioned by Surrey County Council as "terrible". The bridge holds the railway line between Staines and Wraysbury heading towards the Windsor and Eton Riverside station. It crosses the A308 road and two footpaths.

The mural, featuring a timeline of the town and the local wildlife including swans, ducks and foxes, was created with the intent to make a "new welcoming entrance to the town centre" and to "improve the physical appearance of the bridge".

Some residents were less than impressed with the artwork, and stated that they would much rather see Surrey County Council spend money on fixing "massive potholes" around Staines.

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One resident, who wishes to remain unnamed, told SurreyLive: "It looks terrible, absolutely horrific. Just sums up what Staines has become. Lived around and in Staines for 40 plus years. It's changed not for the better. The mural could have been designed a lot better had there been a little bit of thought gone into it.

"It would have looked better if a graffiti artist had been allowed to paint it or even a mosaic. The swan looks frightening on the right hand side as you go into Staines. I am not sure who was involved or who was consulted but def not something I’d have agreed to. Let's hope the walls of the other bridge into Staines the other side of town is left alone."

Another said: "Think it looks better than it did but would much rather money/time spent on fixing the massive potholes in and around Staines." I think it brings colour and youth to the town and bridge. What better to encourage positive wall art and supporting local artist. Would love to see more of it," said one resident who was happy with the artwork.

A Surrey County Council spokesperson said: "We undertook structural work to replace and widen the pavement under the bridge to provide safer pedestrian access at this important entry point to the town centre. As part of that work, we wanted to take the opportunity to make the bridge an attractive feature for all the people who pass under it every day. The mural has been carefully designed in consultation with local residents to represent the town, brighten up the area and acts as a welcome to visitors and residents alike."


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