CBC gets government funding to clean up high streets

Central Bedfordshire Council has this week heard that it is to receive just over £49,000 of government funding to help clean up the High Streets and pavements in its town centres.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The money will be used for pavement repairs and cleaning, to ensure that Central Bedfordshire’s High Streets are repaired where needed and look their very best to help encourage shoppers and visitors back into our town centres.”

“Over the last few months, the council already had a programme of activities to tidy-up and clean pavements in five of our town centres. This additional money means we can continue this work.”

Since December last year, the council’s team has been tidying up the town centres of Sandy, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard, Shefford and Houghton Regis.

A steam-cleaning machine has been hired to lift all dirt, grease and chewing gum from the block paving in the towns without using chemicals. Instead, the machine relies on steam rather than high-pressure water, which can cause damage and additional mess. It has also meant that the pavements are not only clean, but are less slippery after the treatment.

The council’s bus shelters have also been spruced-up. There are 346 bus shelters in total, but some require more work than others. The cleaning crew has been washing these alongside their other tidying projects.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s £49,089 of government funding is part of a wider £9.75 million pot announced over the weekend by central government to help smarten up High Streets across the country.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean Campaign runs from March 22 to April 23.

This bin was spotted in Bedford Square by news desk editor, Alan Winter.
An email response from Waste Services at CBC said (today - 21 March), “Thank you. I will pass over to our Waste Services Officer to inspect with the view to replace as soon as possible.”