Southampton scrubs up for 2024 as the Big City Clean returns

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06 February 2024

The city’s Business Improvement District (BID) GO! Southampton is starting the new year afresh once again with its big clean-up of the city centre.

The Big City Clean will focus on a deep clean of street furniture and pavements across the city and will ensure Southampton’s streets are fresh and welcoming for visitors, residents, and businesses alike. The work is already underway and will continue until mid-April.

Starting at Above Bar Street, the Big City Clean will cover areas from Bedford Place to Southampton’s High Street, and will include Portland Terrace, Civic Centre Road, Bargate Street, Commercial Road, London Road, Carlton Place, Winchester Street and Oxford Street, among others. Cleaning will take place during early morning or late in the evenings to prevent daytime disruption where possible.

First introduced in 2022 with support from the Welcome Back Fund, GO! Southampton are now fully funding this bi-annual clean so that the city can continue to be an attractive and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

Jade McCauley, Operations Manager at GO! Southampton said: “We’re thrilled to be starting 2024 with our Big City Clean once again. As well as ensuring people feel safe on our city’s streets, we also want to make sure Southampton is always an inviting place to live, work and socialise.”

Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport commented: “We’re pleased to be working hard with GO! Southampton to make Southampton a clean and welcoming environment for visitors and residents alike. We’re proud of Southampton’s city centre and look forward to seeing these areas looking their best and feeling their safest. We encourage residents to roll up their sleeves and do their bit for their local area too!”

The Big City Clean is in addition to GO! Southampton’s regular cleaning services, in partnership with the council, that support its member businesses with services such as hot washing and removal of unwanted waste and graffiti. In 2023, GO! Southampton’s cleaning team:

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