Scooby Doo or Scooby don’t?

Scooby Doo mural on garage side in Cleveland, Bradville.
Scooby Doo mural on garage side in Cleveland, Bradville.

A MUM of two has defended the painting of a mural on the family garage depicting Scooby Doo.

Amanda Coleman, who lives in Bradville with husband Paul, four-year-old daughter Lili and 18-month-old Holly, explained the area was canvassed prior to work being carried out and she agreed to have the work done.

Scooby Doo mural on garage side in Cleveland, Bradville.

Scooby Doo mural on garage side in Cleveland, Bradville.

However, after receiving complaints from neighbours Amanda is now defending the artwork.

She said: “Some have said it is just graffiti and I would agree if it was six youngsters ‘tagging’ the garage but this isn’t the case – this is modern day art.

The requirements were the work could feature no political views, swearing or nudity so after some thought, and a word with Lili, they decided on Scooby Doo.

Amanda added: “It went on in the October half-term and Lili even helped spray a tiny bit. It is nice for her that she can say she had a part in it. It is on a main school route and lots of people stop and look or take pictures. It’s a positive thing for the area.”

However, not everyone agrees. One resident said: “A lot of us are really angry over it. We are fighting to have it removed.

“One of my neighbours can’t sell their house because of the Scooby Doo painting. We are a small private road. Apparently there could be two more garages being done like it.”

A council spokesman said: “In the past, we have allocated Parish Deprivation Fund money to local parishes to support their own community projects, delivering local regeneration.

“The allocation of specific funding to these projects is decided by a local steering group. The Bradville steering group decided on a range of projects, and this mural was one of them.”

Community Action MK was on that steering group. David Livermore, the group’s assistant chief executive, said: “We organise different areas of interest around the city and Bradville is an area that has a history of urban art. We want to encourage conversation between residents and encourage people to have their say on the development of their area.”