14th February 2003




Residents from Albany Street have forged links with a local blacksmith in an effort to restore a pair of 1930s art deco gates as part of a new community development project.


Blacksmith Bob Oakes, from Coldhanworth Forge near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, will be setting up a metalworking forge on Albany Street this Sunday (16th February) where he will renovate the gates with artistic input from local children and adult residents.


Restoration of the gate will include designs of zoological and botanical themes produced by the residents, including children.


“We believe that children adopt and are proud of what they help to create,” said Debbie Skalli of the Residents’ Association. “By involving children in the development of these gates we hope to build pride in their local environment and deter vandalism in the future.”


Each gate – originally from an old power station - measures a substantial 1.8 metres.  On completion, the gates will be installed in two separate locations between houses on the street to improve security. 


“This project is particularly important to us as one of the Albany Street Residents’ Association’s primary aims is to improve the feeling of security in our street for residents,” said Debbie. 


“The gates will be a visual reminder of what we can achieve within our local community with the support of our partners at the Hull School of Architecture and Kingston-upon-Hull City Council.”


The Residents’ Association originally planned to have new security gates but this fell through owing to insufficient funds.  This new project was made possible by funding from the Home Zone community development project which is also being launched this weekend.


The Albany Street Home Zone is a joint project between the University of Lincoln in Hull and the Kingston-upon-Hull City Council’s Traffic Services Department and is an attempt to strike a balance between vehicular traffic and all the other users of the street, from cyclists and pedestrians to local businesses, residents and children.


Blacksmith Bob Oakes will be working at his forge on Albany Street between 11.00am and 4.00pm on this Sunday.



For more information contact:   Debbie Skalli, Albany Street Residents’ Association (ASRA) on 01482 225803 or 01482 498481.


Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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