High Street clean-up event in celebration of The Great British Spring Clean
Last week we brought the powerful message of the Great British Spring Clean to Southend-on-Sea by hosting a clean-up event throughout the High Street. Myself, Street Rangers and local BID businesses came together for a two-hour litter pick in support of the BID’s overall mission to make Southend-on-Sea a beautiful, well-kept tourism hotspot.
The Great British Spring Clean (an initiative running from the 18th May – 13th June) strives to reduce litter and waste, improve public spaces and educate future generations about green living. In 2019 alone, the campaign led to 1 million bags of litter being collected from our streets and public areas; now in its sixth year, The Great British Spring Clean, created by Keep Britain Tidy, has gone from strength to strength. As Southend-on-Sea’s cleanliness and preservation are top priorities for us at Southend BID, The Great British Spring Clean is an ideal event to support as its goals mirror our values and aims locally.
In total, 14 locals participated in our clean-up event with the support of the Make Southend Sparkle team. This included members of staff from BID businesses Metro Bank, McDonald’s and the Royals Shopping Centre. The team collected sixteen bags of litter throughout the High Street, side streets and from the top of Southend’s seafront, removing hazardous litter and waste to refresh several of Southend’s most popular spaces. Meanwhile, we were thrilled to receive such a positive response from passing members of the public, especially when our clean-up efforts took place on a day of soaring temperatures and beating sunshine.
We strongly encourage locals and tourists to take their litter home with them after visiting our town in an effort to maintain the appearance of Southend-on-Sea and protect the local environment. Meanwhile, at Southend BID we will continue to highlight the importance of keeping Southend-on-Sea clean with the help of a town centre task group created to keep on top of litter and any public realm issues, whilst prioritising the safety of residents and visitors alike with the help of our dedicated Street Rangers.