Chelmsford City Council has hired a local artist to repaint a busy underpass – and they want your childhood memories of Chelmsford to be included in the design.

The subway beneath Waterhouse Lane provides safe crossing for hundreds of residents, children and workers every day. It is the latest in a series of underpasses across Chelmsford to be given a creative makeover as part of the Council’s NICE programme.
This time, Chelmsford-based street artist Eyesaw will interpret ideas from residents to produce a colourful mural. The work is set to begin in February.

“Creating beautiful designs on underpasses obviously improves the way they look,” explains Councillor Janette Potter, Cabinet Member, “but it also has a much wider impact. Underpasses can be dark, unpleasant places which can sometimes attract antisocial behaviour. By giving them some care and attention, we help to create a neighbourhood that residents can be proud of. This deters antisocial behaviour and builds a sense of community, especially when local residents have been involved in the design alongside our artist.”

The Council is calling for ideas from Chelmsford residents, school pupils and community groups with the theme ‘Childhood memories of Chelmsford’. There is no need to submit a design – ideas in text format or even photographs are welcome. Please email your memories to, tweet @ChelmsCouncil or write to: Service Development Team, Freighter House, Drovers Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5PH.

All ideas must be received by Friday 9 December.