News #CleanUpMaidstone Earl Street blitz

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As part of Maidstone Borough Council’s #CleanUpMaidstone campaign the Street Cleansing team joined forces with One Maidstone BID to blitz Earl Street today Wednesday 2 February.

The team took part in the targeted cleansing event in the street as part of the BID’s scheme to cover key areas across the town centre in addition to the Council’s regular duties covering the whole borough. The work included graffiti and gum removal, repainting of street furniture, removal of redundant signage and a deep cleanse of the pathways.

The Council is on a mission to clean up the borough and is asking everyone to play their part in helping to keep the borough clean and tidy.

Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Fay Gooch joined the teams, she said:

“I was keen to meet the cleansing teams and to thank them for the great work they’re doing, making such a difference to the area. It’s great to see our partnership with One Maidstone, funded by local businesses and retailers, all working together to maintain and improve our wonderful County Town.

“These regular deep cleans really enhance the town centre and will hopefully encourage everyone to take pride in the borough and do their bit to keep it clean and tidy to everyone’s benefit.”

The teams worked together to improve the look and smell of this busy area and focused on from Week Street up to Pudding Lane along Earl Street.

The work included:

  • Removing all litter and rubbish
  • Power wash of street
  • Graffiti removal
  • Gum removal
  • Investigation into temporary utility reinstatement works
  • A Boards licensing visits
  • Tables and Chairs licensing visit
  • Repainting of street furniture
  • Delivery of new bins

Ilsa Butler, BID Manager at One Maidstone said:

“This is the second deep clean that we have delivered post pandemic and it is really gratifying to see the real difference that it makes. These deep and detailed cleans go over and above the service provided every day by the Council. It affords us the opportunity to tackle those smaller details that make all the difference to the overall appearance of the areas that we are tackling.  That we get to do this in partnership with Maidstone Borough Council’s Streetscene team means that we can tap into their expertise of a team that are really familiar with the area, and get to see the trial and development of new equipment and products that they then may go on to use on a more regular basis.”

#CleanUpMaidstone reminds residents and businesses across the borough that waste is everyone’s problem and that we all have a role to play in solving it.  Using parodies of popular TV programmes, the new MBC campaign shows littering is wrong, that it is an offence to litter and if caught people will be fined.  It also illustrates how everyday irresponsible waste disposal can impact the environment and how we live.

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