City centre gears up for festival season with spring clean

The Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) launched their annual Spring Clean this weekend, an project which aims to rid the city of graffiti and litter in preparation for the busy summer season.

The summer will see snooker and several festivals including an expanded Tramlines come to Sheffield.

Forty business owners alongside the Sheffield BID Clean Team took to the streets to smarten up problem areas, which are repeatedly ‘tagged’ with graffiti and have become a place to dump takeaway boxes and empty bottles for Sheffield clubbers.

Sheffield BID was found in April 2015 and hopes to generate £4 million to make Sheffield a cleaner, safer and more attractive place for visitors.

The money is raised by over 500 businesses who have signed up to the scheme.

These businesses pay a 1% levy on their rate-able value which goes towards projects run by Sheffield BID- including city-wide free WiFi and the Spring Clean.

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.”

In addition to cleaning up the city, Sheffield BID reviews security and lighting for local businesses, subsidises anti-graffiti paint and helps fund police sergeant Matthew Burdett to prevent vandalism across the city centre.

Sheffield BID also deploys cutting-edge mobile cameras to monitor areas which have proven particularly problematic for vandalism.

The BID uses this footage to report incidences of graffiti to South Yorkshire Police to help bring the vandals to justice.

Head of Branch at John Lewis, Tom Holmes, 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.”

This year Sheffield BID’s Spring Clean event runs alongside Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’.

BID has also teamed up with Wilko to provide equipment for local business owners who have mucked in to clean up.