Organised by the Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), local volunteers, Councillors and community groups have come together to give Bournemouth a good spring clean.
For the second year, the Big Bournemouth Clean Up has swept through Bournemouth’s town centre with the aim of cleaning litter hotspots and restoring pride in the local area. Starting at Horseshoe Common, willing volunteers from the community braved initially wet and windy conditions. Grabbing litter picking equipment and working alongside Bournemouth Town Centre Rangers, Ricky Smith, the BID’s dedicated town centre cleaner, and the Dorset Devils community group, they picked their way through Lansdowne, Old Christchurch Road, the Square, Commercial Road, the Triangle and Poole Hill, also tackling several of the town’s car parks.
The Big Bournemouth Clean Up is an initiative launched by the Town Centre BID, a not for profit company working on behalf of the businesses in Bournemouth town centre.
Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer at Bournemouth Town Centre BID, said:
“By cleaning the town centre, we can help create a welcoming environment for visitors and improve prospects for local businesses. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the Big Bournemouth Clean Up and it was great to see so many organisations come together for the benefit of the town.’’
Sprucing-up Bournemouth in time for the May Bank Holiday, the passionate group of volunteers successfully filled 43 bags of rubbish in total. Getting stuck in, the group was also joined by several members of Bournemouth Borough Council, including Cllr David Smith and Cllr Norman Decent.
Councillor David Smith said:
“Not to be held back by the weather, we were delighted to take part in this Town Centre BID led community initiative. Tourism is incredibly important and it’s therefore essential for us all to do our part in keeping the town centre clean, tidy and attractive for visitors.’’
Peter Ryan, Founder of the Dorset Devils said:
“We were pleased to once again take part in the Big Bournemouth Clean Up. We take great pride in our local area and our members are always willing to get out there and help tidy up our patch.’’
The event took place as part of the Town Centre BID’s ‘Clean and Green’ programme. This covers a range of activities, including a dedicated cleaner for Bournemouth town centre, fly tipping removal and a number of projects to improve the look and feel of Bournemouth town centre. All activities are over and above the service provided by the local council and aim to help Bournemouth town centre to effectively compete with other centres across the UK.
To find out more about the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, visit www.towncentrebid.co.uk.
To find out more about the Dorset Devils, visit www.dorsetdevils.org.