WoTTA is looking forward to the future. A future that's welcoming, well maintained and keeps the community informed. We've been working towards that with a successful funding application to SCC for new banners, totems and planters which were all very well received by the community. See the images below.
We filed a new funding application, this time to the EBC CIL Fund, to add to those improvements, continuing the branding of Walton into Halfway, Terrace Road, the Railway Station and the Walton Bridge approach into town. We also asked for the funding we need to add to our recent Crowdfunding Campaign for Union Jack flags during the summer months in the High Street. We've just found out we were successful in our bid! The money should come in the next few weeks and then we can get ordering - in time for summer :)
PLANTERS & HANGING BASKETS
Our new planters weathered (!) the hot summer much better that the remaining 3 old ones. (see photos - taken on the same day!) Replacing these planters is part of the new funding application.
We have also asked for funding to have 4 new hanging baskets and 3 new planters in Terrace Road, an area sorely lacking in any greenery.
We replaced old, tired banners with new, vibrant LOVE WALTON banners, promoting WoTTA and helping link the community. The consensus of opinion was that they have been a great addition and in the new EBC funding application we're asking to expand these to cover the outer-lying areas of the town.
Two great new additions to the town on the last funding cycle were the totems, one at the High Street/Hepworth Way junction and the other on the Church Street/Bridge Street junction. These have been very popular, both with the Walton community for keeping them informed as well as with local community groups to promote their events. WoTTA runs these totems and doesn't charge local charities or community groups for this service - we like to keep everyone in the loop with all the amazing events happening in our town!
We've applied for funding to have three more; one at the High Street/New Zealand Avenue junction and one at either exit of Walton Railway Station. At the moment visitors to our town don't even know which way the town is! Those totems would have one side reserved for a local map but the other two sides for promoting events.
After listening to local residents who suggested Union Jack flags in the High Street would help improve the look and feel of that area - and realising our neighbouring towns (Cobham, Thames Ditton, Weybridge) all had flags in the summer enhancing their environment - Wotta launched a Crowdfunding Campaign in the Spring to try and raise some funds. We successfully raised over a thousand pounds and this amount is now included in the funding application. This will make us more likely to be successful in our application - we are a town which puts our money where our mouth is, supporting improvements!
Thames Ditton with its flags out