Colourful new road signs urging drivers to drive with care are set to go up in Minchinhampton – thanks to a community initiative organised by developer Lovell Homes and Minchinhampton Church of England Primary Academy in partnership with Minchinhampton Parish Council.
Young pupils at the school took part in a competition organised by Lovell – the company which has delivered a major new housing development in Minchinhampton – asking them to design the signs.
Lovell has now made the seven top entries into signs which the parish council will install in the area asking drivers to think about their speed and drive carefully. Lovell has also presented the school with a £500 donation towards classroom equipment.
“We’ve been working closely with the community throughout our involvement in Minchinhampton so we asked the Parent Teacher Association if we could help with a project which would be of lasting benefit to the school and the local area,” says Lovell Homes field sales manager Michelle Barnsley. “The children really rose to the challenge of designing the new signs and have put a huge amount of thought into their entries. The finished signs are very striking and the fact that they’ve been designed by local children makes them even more powerful.”
The winning signs were designed by Isabelle Carmichael, six; eight-year-old Lola Burford; eleven-year-old Emily Hampton; eleven-year-old Emily Hemlock; eleven-year-old Tanwen Bird; eleven-year-old Alice Williams and eleven-year-old Aimee Rob.
Sophie Muir, chair of the Academy’s Parent Teacher Association, says: “It’s been lovely for children and the school to work with Lovell and the parish council on this important community project. There was a fantastic response to the competition with some highly imaginative designs. The finished signs have been made so that they can be moved into different locations in the parish where they are needed.”
The Minchinhampton housing scheme – which won a prestigious WhatHouse? award last year – was developed and delivered in close partnership with Stroud District Council, and has created a community-based development of open market and affordable homes, including the area’s first new council homes for over 30 years and some exceptional open market homes. Following strong demand, Lovell now has just three homes left for sale. They are the four-bedroom detached Ilford former show home at £429,995 (£343,996 after a Help to Buy: Equity Loan*) and just two other properties: the four-bedroom detached Rainford house style, now at a reduced price of £455,000 (£364,000 after a Help to Buy: Equity Loan) and the four-bedroom detached Pickford house style at £475,000 (£380,000 after a Help to Buy: Equity Loan). Speak to the sales team on 01453 551733 for more information.