A DARK and dingy underpass linking two Johnstone communities is to be given a new lease of life.

The passage providing access between Spateston and Corseford, under Beith Road, has long been an eyesore for those walking between the two areas.

But thanks to creative minds at both Corseford and Spateston Tenants and Residents Associations, efforts are being made to decorate the underpass with colourful artwork.

The design is the brainchild of local artist Lauren Anderson.

Lauren, who studies at the Glasgow School of Art, has worked with pupils at Fordbank Primary and St Anthony’s Primary to form the final design, which will be an underwater mural on the inside walls and a woodland theme around the entrance.

George MacDonald, secretary of Corseford Tenants and Residents Association, has helped to get the project up and running and is delighted the area is finally being given the spruce up it desperately needs.

The dad-of-three said: “Spateston Tenants and Residents Association had made initial enquires about this a while back and it’s something we’ve helped to take on, with the support of Renfrewshire Council.

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“I was keen to get the schools involved with the work and they’ve helped to form a theme and design with Lauren for the murals.

“If you think about Corseford, there is no specific space or park or play area for kids. The nearest place is Spateston. This underpass is how kids get there but it’s quite a threatening space for them.

“It’s been fantastic to see two local communities coming together with local businesses and schools to create a safe passage for our children.”

The move comes after another underpass nearby received a makeover last year, thanks to community warden Gail Scoular, who has also offered advice for the current project.

Taxi firm Johnstone TOA pledged £1,100 to the project, which will cover the cost of the paint needed to finish the job.

It is expected the artwork will be completed by the end of the week, in time for the October half-term break.

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