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Friday March 23rd 2018

Guest rangers brave the rain to launch the BID Spring Clean

BID Spring Clean guest rangers

Volunteers from organisations across Sheffield become guest rangers for a day of cleaning to launch the BID Spring Clean

More than 30 volunteer guest rangers braved the rain to take part in a day of litter picking to launch Sheffield BID’s BID Spring Clean on 16 March, collecting more than 20 bags of rubbish from Sheffield’s streets.

The BID Spring Clean is now in its third year, and the day of litter picking marks the start of a campaign to help rid Sheffield of unwanted mess and graffiti. Items including single shoes, car parts, beer cans, crisp packets and cigarette ends were collected.

Volunteers from Wilko, Sheffield Futures, Turner Townsend, John Lewis, Capita, the team who manage The Moor, and members of the BID’s team and BID board chair Suzy Brain England and BID board member Simon Neville all joined the clean-up, despite the wet conditions on the day. Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment and street scene, and Councillor Karen McGowan also joined volunteers.

Guest rangers were joined by the Street Rangers, who undertake a morning clean to clear the city of mess left by revellers and rough sleepers, and the BID’s Clean Team, who remove graffiti free-of-charge for the BID’s levy payers. During the BID Spring Clean, the BID’s Clean Team will remove graffiti from privately owned, commercial properties at no cost to the owners or occupiers, in a bid to make Sheffield city centre a cleaner place to live, work and play in.

Volunteers were sent out in teams to tackle areas of Sheffield city centre often blighted by litter. Teams were sent to High Street and Church Street, the area around the old Castle Market, Barkers Pool and surrounding areas, Carver Street, The Moor and Moorfoot, Charter Row and Furnival Gate.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all our guest rangers, who braved the weather to kickstart the BID Spring Clean. I’d also like to thank our Healthy High Street partner Wilko, and Sheffield City Council, for providing equipment for our volunteers.

“This day of cleaning kickstarts the BID Spring Clean, our annual event to help rid the city centre of unwanted mess and graffiti to help make Sheffield a better place to live, work and play in.”

The BID Spring Clean coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, which runs from 2 – 25 March and aims to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

Whilst the BID’s Clean Team continues to offer a free graffiti removal service to its levy payers throughout the year, the BID Spring Clean is an annual initiative which will actively target city centre grot spots with a purge on graffiti affecting all commercial properties in the BID area.

On the day, the Clean Team tackled a graffitied cash point on Cambridge Street and a large tag on the wall of Theatre Delicatessen on Eyre Street. A schedule for further graffiti removal from levy payer and non-levy payer commercial properties is in action, if you would like to have graffiti removed from your property, contact cleanteam@sheffieldbid.com to see if you are eligible.

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