M32 project lands £10,000 Tesco grant

June 05 2016

A PROJECT to regenerate the area under the M32 at Eastville has won a £10,000 grant from Tesco.

A PROJECT  to regenerate the area under the M32 at Eastville has won a £10,000 grant from Tesco.
The money comes from the proceeds of the 5p plastic bag charge introduced on large retailers last year under the store chain’s Bags of Help scheme.
Appropriately, it has gone to LitterARTI, which comes up with creative schemes to educate people about waste and litter issues.
The organisation  intends to work with the skateboarders who use the underpass to encourage them to become “guardians” of the space and to make the environment even better.
“We would like to provide them with bins, better lighting, and further exposure and support to help this place to develop,” a spokesman said.
LitterARTI’s plans also include working with Bristol City Council to tackle fly tipping in BS5 and to clear litter on the concrete banks of the river Frome.
Its aim, 50 years after the M32 was built, is to highlight Eastville as a gateway to the city.
The closure of the motorway for a weekend for MetroBus works offers an opportunity for the project, known as M32 SPOT. It is holding an event on June 11, which will involve banner making, litter picking and exploring ideas about what could be done to improve the space. Ideas already put forward include planters, murals, benches and bike racks.
Activities are taking place between noon and 5pm. Search M32 SPOT on Facebook for more details