What York BID is doing to clean up the city centre

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Following comments in the media about the state of some York streets after the weekend, we have instructed our cleaning teams to focus their attenton on key areas of the city centre.

Street cleaning is mainly the responsibility of City of York Council. But its street cleaning machines have been out of action since November 2016 after two incidents where the vehicles overturned.

York BID's street cleansing programme is designed to build on the local authority's efforts, and includes routine deep cleaning such as heavy-duty pavement jet wash, gum, flyposting and graffiti removal. 

BID executive director Andrew Lowson has called on the council to get its ride-on machines back into action – and the authority says the modified machines will be back on line soon.

Meanwhile, in response to the public concerns, the BID has asked our cleansing teams to focus on ten key streets. They will use a hot jet wash to clear the worst of the grime. 

These are the streets earmarked for this additional priority treatment: 

  • Coney Street / Spurriergate
  • Blake Street
  • Low Ousegate
  • Bridge Street
  • Ouse Bridge
  • Micklegate
  • Lendal Bridge
  • Museum Street
  • George Hudson Street & Rougier Street
  • Small section of Skeldergate – in front of shops near Bridge Street
  • Davygate
  • King's Square.

This work comes on top of our most comprehensive deep clean programme ever. Phase II of this work is now underway – read more about this here.


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