Pavements, car parks, bins and street furniture are all set to get a scrubbing as Southampton City Centre starts to clean up its act.
GO! Southampton Business Improvement District (BID) has worked in partnership with Southampton City Council to devise a month-long programme of deep cleaning in the city centre which began on 29 August. The BID will contribute to the cost of the scheme, helping the council to augment its existing street cleaning service.
A combination of litter picking, hot pressure jet washing, scrubbing of street furniture and the removal of graffiti will transform areas of the city which are in need of huge improvement. The work forms part of a wider programme of initiatives being implemented by Go! Southampton with the aim of creating a “Great City Centre Experience”. Chair of the City Centre Experience action team, Spencer Bowman, couldn’t be happier that cleaning work has begun: “Go! Southampton BID was established in April this year, and one of our highest priorities has always been to get the city cleaned up as part of our plan to create a Great City Centre Experience. We’ve spent hours walking around the BID zone, finding and mapping the problem areas, and creating a list of the work that needs doing. I’m really excited that this work is now underway and am pleased that the council is working with us to achieve our goals. Now we can start to look at how cleanliness levels can be maintained in the future.”
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at Southampton City Council, said:
“Both the vision of the Go! Southampton team and the funding it provides mean that additional resources, in terms of people and equipment, can now be allocated to activities to which the council could not have committed on its own.”
Jon Walton, CEO of Go! Southampton, sees the cleaning work as integral to the overarching aims of the BID:
“A Business Improvement District is funded by the businesses within it, so it is our responsibility to use their money in ways which will maximise the benefits to all customers of the city centre. By making improvements to the environment, not only do we improve the experience for customers, we also make Southampton City Centre a more pleasant place to be for the business owners themselves and their staff. This cleaning work is just the beginning of a whole host of initiatives designed to get Southampton reaching its full potential.”