BID initiative prepares to clean up the streets of Cardiff

BID initiative prepares to clean up the streets of Cardiff

The Cardiff Business Improvement District (BID) has announced a six-month deep-cleaning programme that will ensure certain areas of the city regain their sparkle.

As part of the programme, businesses will be able to suggest any areas to be cleaned via Cardiff BID’s team of Street Ambassadors.

These suggestions will be used to inform each weekly programme for work for the cleaning team.

The initiative is being rolled out following feedback gathered by ambassadors that parts of Cardiff are beginning to look unkempt.

The team will be sprucing up the streets in any way they can; painting kerbside furniture, scraping off posters or stickers, removing grease and taking away waste.

Executive Director of Cardiff BID, Adrian Field, said: “Appearance and cleanliness is so important to business as it’s what brings their trade through the doors.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this additional cleansing, keep making sure Cardiff is as clean as possible, and ultimately, help out the businesses in the BID area.

“We’re starting with Queen Street but we will move to other areas across the city based on where the Street Ambassadors are getting the most requests. If the project is a success, we will extend the programme for a number of years.”

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a set geographical boundary where businesses get together, decide what improvements they would like to make in their city centre, how they will effect these changes and what it will cost them as a group.

The team of Street Ambassadors will be visiting businesses in the coming weeks to collect requests and begin putting the project into place.

Tom Vincent from coffee shop, 200 Degrees, said: “The new deep cleaning initiative from Cardiff BID is fantastic. It’s a really great opportunity for businesses like us to play a part in making sure Cardiff looks clean and welcoming for tourists and shoppers.

“We’re based on Queen Street so will witness the project in action first, we’re really looking forward to seeing the results, not just outside our doors but across the city.”

Established in November 2016, Cardiff BID covers 130 streets across the capital city stretching from Principality Stadium to Newport Road and Butetown to Cathays.

In July 2016, 84% of businesses within Cardiff city centre voted in favour of being awarded BID status. This means that, for the next five years, BID can make use of the £7.5 Million budget raised to make the city more welcoming, vibrant and influential.