Bournemouth Town Centre BID and local community groups unite for Big Spring Clean!

Members of Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Healthy High Streets led a large team of volunteers in a big spring clean of Bournemouth Town Centre in readiness for the busy Easter break.

Members of Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and Healthy High Streets, a Business in the Community initiative, led a host of volunteers in a big spring clean of Bournemouth Town Centre in preparation for Easter.  The community clean-up was supported by businesses and residents alike and included volunteers from Cosy Club Bournemouth, Wilko, Monsoon, and Marks and Spencer as well as community groups such as the YMCA Chatterboxes, a project for young people with disabilities; the Dorset Devils a group of Bournemouth residents who love their town but hate its litter; and the BID’s own dedicated team of Town Rangers.

 Steve Hughes, manager of Bournemouth Town Centre BID said:

“We want to thank all the amazing people who gave up their time to give our beautiful town some TLC. There was a great sense of camaraderie throughout the day – not even the drizzle dampened our spirits – and it was very satisfying to see some dirty and litter-strewn areas really cleaned up. We hope residents and visitors will notice and appreciate the difference.”

The ‘community cleaners’ covered a wide area of the town including Horseshoe Common, Old Christchurch Rd, The Square, The Triangle, and Poole Hill. One of the dirtiest areas was near the carpark on Richmond Hill.

A comment left on the BID Facebook page by Bournemouth resident and volunteer, Lorraine Amos, summed up the feeling of those who took part:

“Well done all! So glad and heartened to know there are other residents who are concerned about the level of litter spoiling the appearance of our town and causing potential health issues. Thank you for the generosity of your time and genuinely, actively, making a positive improvement to our environment.”

The Big Bournemouth Clean Up is just one of many initiatives introduced by the Bournemouth Town Centre BID since its inception in 2012. Over the last five years, the BID has invested over £3 million in raising the profile of the town centre, increasing footfall and ultimately bringing in more customers. They also directly support local businesses with information, networking opportunities, and lobbying local and national government on their behalf. The BID is due for renewal in May this year.

To find out more about the Bournemouth Town Centre BID, visit www.towncentrebid.co.uk.