An arts project aimed at transforming the look of Spring Bank is being backed with £10,000 worth of council funding.
The initiative is due to get under way this weekend and will see a number of properties being painted in bright contrasting colours.
It will also feature murals, art installations and special lighting being installed over the next 12 months.
Artists behind the community-backed project say they hope it will bring the area’s culturally diverse population together and tackle the spread of ugly graffiti on many of the buildings along the street.
Now a Hull City Council decision record report has revealed the project is being backed with £10,000 worth of funding from the authority.
According to the report, council leader Councillor Steve Brady has agreed a £6,000 contribution from a budget he oversees for one-off events.
In addition, a £4,000 grant has been signed off by councillors representing the ward which covers Spring Bank.
The funding is being awarded to Hull-based arts organisation Artlink which is overseeing the project.
The report says: “Officers have reviewed the expenses provided by Artlink and have confirmed that as the project is making permanent fixtures and not maintaining existing, the amount can be capitalised.
“The ward budget application form was received and discussed with the Central ward members who wish to support this project, which will engage thousands of people in the Spring Bank area in coming together to celebrate where they live.
“The leaders’ contingency budget is used to support groups who find it difficult to raise funds and who offer services or projects which benefit the community.
“The present project appears to meet this criteria and accordingly can be supported.”
Sharon Darley, one of the artists involved in the Spring Bank project, has worked on community arts initiatives on the city’s Thornton estate as well as painting her own mural as part of the Bankside Gallery project.
She said: “There are many positives about the area and we are really excited about this project and hopeful that it will kick-start some positive change for the area.
“We are a very mixed culture and the project has been really inclusive by representing all facets of the local community, which will be reflected by the artwork.
“This area has some of the oldest, original Victorian houses has been somewhat neglected over the last 15 years.
“We are hoping this project will brighten things up and be a precursor to some real investment in the area.”
The council report says the project is also being supported by Humberside Police and arts event group Back To Ours.
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