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Coronavirus: Harrogate BID looks to deep clean town centre

Coronavirus: Harrogate BID looks to deep clean town centre

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:11am 12th May 2020.

Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) is looking to appoint a specialist cleaning partner for the town centre. 

  • It's ahead of the potential phased reopening of high street shops 
  • In a recent survey, businesses said a deep clean was the number one priority 
  • The chosen partner will be expected to undertake a number of cleaning duties over the next three years 
  • This will include washing a small number of key hotspot areas on a regular basis

In a recent survey sent out by the organisation to town centre businesses and levy payers, a deep clean of the streets was cited as the number one priority for the BID to undertake.

It's ahead of the potential reopening of some high street shops from next month. 

Whilst Harrogate Borough Council looks after regular street sweeping and bin emptying, the work the BID will fund goes above and beyond the authority’s statutory duty. 

Harrogate BID interim manager Simon Kent said:

“With the government announcing the phased reopening of from June 1, we want a deep clean of Harrogate town centre to commence shortly after.

“There are approximately 25,000 sq m pavement in the main shopping areas of the town centre. Cleanliness of the town centre has been a constant theme through the BID’s development and is a priority laid out on our business plan.

“We have put together a detailed tender document outlining exactly what we want a partner, or partners, to deliver on our behalf, and ideally we would love to award the contract to a local specialist, or specialists.”

Appointed for a three-year contract, the chosen partner, or partners, will be expected to undertake a number of cleaning duties, including power washing of all pavements and islands within the BID area on an annual cycle to remove grime, graffiti, chewing gum, algae and moss.

They will also be responsible for power washing a small number of key hotspot areas on a more regular basis, clean empty shop unit frontages as required, and carry out additional litter picking and hotspot cleaning early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For further information contact Simon Kent via email at simon@harrogatebid.co.uk or phone 07988 329168.