Friday May 13th 2016
BID Spring Clean Success
Sheffield Business Improvement District has come to the end of its first annual spring clean across the city centre. The spring clean, which focused on graffiti and grot spots in the city centre, was actioned through the BID’s cleaner objective.
Sheffield BID offers a free graffiti cleaning service for levy payers across the city year-round. The “Spring Clean” was an opportunity for non-levy paying businesses to benefit from the service, too.
The BID’s Spring Clean ran alongside the planned annual deep clean of the city centre streets by the Council’s Streets Ahead programme. It formed part of a wider #cleanSheffield project to tackle graffiti and litter across the whole of Sheffield.
Voluntary Action Sheffield received the free service. Rachel West, Facilities and Building Manager at VAS, said, “Graffiti is a growing problem in Sheffield City Centre and as conference venue attracting visitors from all over the country it is important to us that our building looks its best. When our building was targeted, I contacted Sheffield BID who promptly arranged for the graffiti to be removed – this saved me so much time in trying to organise this myself.”
Businesses also had the opportunity to receive prevention advice from South Yorkshire Police. VAS received a visit from BID Police Sergeant Matt Burdett. Rachel said, “Acting on his advice, our building is now more secure from further graffiti attacks. The service I received from everyone was friendly, professional and the response time was extremely quick.”
Longer term, Sheffield BID’s anti-graffiti strategy also includes the introduction of state-of-the-art, high-tech mobile enforcement cameras which the BID has purchased. They can be fitted temporarily to a wall or lamp post and will be deployed in areas where ‘taggers’ return to previously cleaned-up buildings.
Sheffield BID is also investing in providing extra cleaning services in the city centre which are not delivered by the Council’s cleaning contract with Amey and the Streets Ahead programme. Businesses that pay into the BID will soon be able to access a 24/7 hotline for a range of additional cleaning services.
Take a look at some more before and after photos from the BID spring clean: