inSwindon BID geared up for Community Spring Clean

16 May 2019

The ‘Keep it Clean’ Campaign in Swindon town centre next week is set to be a real community project with many volunteers signed up to get involved.

Hosted by inSwindon BID and supported by the BID’s Clean and Well-Maintained working group – including representatives from The Brunel shopping centre, McDonalds, Metro Bank, Artsite and Swindon Borough Council – volunteers will be getting into the community spirit and taking part in litter picking, washing street furniture, graffiti removal and housekeeping of planters.

The campaign runs across the week*, with different areas mapped out each day to ensure that the town centre Business Improvement District area is covered.

Di Powell, Chief Executive of inSwindon BID said: “We’re delighted by the positive level of support we’ve had for the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign and look forward to seeing many volunteers join us for our ‘Spring Clean’ next week. There’s still time to get yourselves signed up, so get in touch with us if you want to be part of a fantastic community project.

“Working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, we already maintain a clean and tidy town centre to ensure its as welcoming as possible to our visitors. We want to enhance what we already do by raising the awareness through initiatives such as the ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign which falls under our ‘Clean and Well-Maintained’ business focus for the town centre. It’s by working with our partners that we’re able run these campaigns and continue to improve the perception of the town centre.”

The key objective of the ‘Clean and Well-Maintained’ Working Group is to improve the look and feel of the public space, including bins, trees, plant life, flooring and empty units throughout the BID area.

To further enhance the project, the BID’s new Gum Buster has arrived, and a programme of chewing gum removal will be delivered on a 3-week rolling rota by the BID, The Brunel and The Parade.

Rob Faulkner, Site Facilities Manager of The Brunel Shopping Centre, and Chair of the ‘Clean and Well-Maintained’ Working Group said: “This is a real community effort to show what more can be done to support the appearance of our town centre. The ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign is not

only a ‘tidy up’, its’ an educational process to show how easy we can all make a difference in the upkeep of the town centre.”

*The ‘Keep it Clean’ town centre spring clean takes place from Monday 20th to Friday 24th May 2019, where together businesses, visitors and residents can be educated on how they can contribute to ensuring and maintaining a clean town centre.

Monday 8.30am – 10.30am - meet at McDonalds

Tuesday 8.30am – 10.30am - meet at McDonalds

Wednesday 11.30am – 1.30pm - meet at McDonalds

Thursday 2.30pm – 4.30pm - meet at McDonalds

Friday 9.30am – 11.30am - meet at Theatre Square

There’s still the opportunity to sign up. Please join us at any point of the week and show your community support by helping to raise the profile of a clean town centre. Want to get involved? Send an e-mail to info@inswindon.com or call Rachael on 01793 485523.