York BID launches enhanced street cleansing programme
The York BID launches enhanced street and pavement cleansing programme The services are part of the BID’s initiative to improve the appearance and environment of York City Centre
Starting this week, the York Business Improvement District (BID) will launch enhanced street and pavement cleansing services to York City Centre. The services build on the ongoing baseline cleansing efforts provided by the local authority and include routine deep cleaning such as heavy-duty pavement jet wash, gum, flyposting and graffiti removal and rapid response clean-up. The
The programme will cover streets included within the entire BID area, which are mainly located within and along the city walls. The additional street cleansing services support the BID’s goal of improving the appearance and environment in York City Centre and are part of its commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere for all who visit, work, study and live in York.
‘During the BID consultation, businesses expressed a desire for cleaner streets. In response, we have taken the first step to achieving this by creating a street cleansing services programme. The BID worked closely with the local authority to ensure the programme we developed delivers additional services, not duplication, to the current street cleansing they provide’, says Andrew Lowson, York BID Executive Director, ‘Some of the deep cleansing such as chewing gum removal has not been done for years, so this programme will increase the overall standard of cleanliness in the City.'
John Atherton, the franchiser/owner of McDonald’s restaurant Blake Street said, ‘As a business that operates 24/7 we welcome the BID’s additional cleansing services, alongside our daily routine of cleaning the pavement outside and the current services already offered. This will be a real help in improving the overall appearance of the street in York. Blake Street is always busy so the added measures will make it a more inviting environment for our customers.’
The York BID has teamed with Future Cleaning Services of York, who will provide trained staff to fill the operative roles. The services will run seven days a week and use two York BID-branded caddy vans equipped with enhanced power-washing functions. Daytime services focus on maintaining the pavements and streets particularly surrounding bin areas, bus shelters and street furniture; evening services provide a deep steam-cleansing and gum removal to stone pavements. During recent trial works on Parliament Street, around 2,500 pieces of gum were successfully removed.
Later this month, a rapid response service will be available to BID levy payers so operatives can address cleanliness issues that require immediate attention. The BID’s cleansing services will dovetail the recently established BID Street Rangers, who will also help highlight issues that require the attention of the cleansing teams.