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Wednesday March 14th 2018

Sheffield BID launches BID Spring Clean to tackle Sheffield’s graffiti

Sheffield BID's Clean Team will be tackling the city centre's graffiti during the BID Spring Clean

Sheffield BID’s Clean Team will be tackling the city centre’s graffiti during the BID Spring Clean

On Friday 16 March, Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) will launch the BID Spring Clean, an annual campaign that tackles graffiti and mess in Sheffield city centre.

During the BID Spring Clean, which is now in its third year, Sheffield 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.

The BID Spring Clean will launch with a day of cleaning led by the BID’s Street Rangers, who undertake an early morning cleaning service for levy payers affected by the waste and mess left by rough sleepers and late-night revellers. They will be joined by teams of ‘guest rangers’, made up of volunteers from businesses within Sheffield city centre, which support the BID’s commitment to making Sheffield city centre cleaner.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “Making Sheffield city centre cleaner is one of the BID’s five core objectives. By removing unwelcome graffiti, we hope to make Sheffield a more attractive place to spend time and show our best side to the city’s visitors.

“Throughout the campaign, the BID is offering our Clean Team’s graffiti removal service to privately owned, commercial property, free of charge. We hope that those businesses that are eligible take advantage of our service, to make Sheffield city centre cleaner for all.”

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.

Tom Holmes, Head of Branch at John Lewis, said: “We regularly use Sheffield BID’s Clean Team to have graffiti removed from the outside of our store. The Clean Team is professional, efficient and provides a vital service that helps keep the exterior of John Lewis Sheffield clean. Not only for our customers, but for all shoppers in the city centre.

“We urge other businesses to take advantage of this fantastic service during the BID Spring Clean, to help clean up Sheffield city centre and make it a place we can all be proud of.”

As well as graffiti removal, the BID provides security and lighting reviews, subsidised anti-graffiti coatings and organise crime prevention visits through the BID-funded police sergeant Matthew Burdett, to help prevent graffiti in the city centre.

To tackle areas that are consistently retagged, the BID can deploy high-tech mobile cameras for surveillance, and details of all graffiti reported to the BID are provided to South Yorkshire Police to assist future prosecutions. The BID also seeks permanent permissions from landlords so that graffiti can be removed quickly.

This year, the BID Spring Clean event runs alongside Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. The BID has teamed up with Wilko, a Healthy High Streets partner, to provide the kit for our guest rangers at the BID Spring Clean’s launch event on 16 March.

Landlords and tenants of private commercial properties in the city centre affected by graffiti, can add these to the BID Spring Clean schedule, free of charge, by emailing cleanteam@sheffieldbid.com. If you would like to volunteer to help clean up Sheffield on 16 March, email enquiries@sheffieldbid.com.

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Sheffield BID invites you to the launch of the BID Spring Clean on Friday 16 March in the Peace Gardens at 10am

10am – guest rangers arrive

10:15am – photo call and interview opportunities with the Sheffield BID team and guest rangers

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