‘A load of rubbish’ – Luton town centre’s clean-up success
31 March, 2022
More than 25 volunteers came out force on Tuesday, March 29th as part of an organised tidy morning aimed at sprucing up Luton town centre’s ‘litter hotspots’.
Luton Business Improvement District (BID) ran the event in partnership with ABCD-in-Luton (Asset Based Community Development) to coincide with The Great British Spring Clean and ongoing #KeepLutonTidy campaign.
Over 30 giant refuse sacks were filled in one hour by community leaders, business owners and town centre workers from St Mary’s Church, Active Luton, Luton Council, Bedfordshire Police, Luton Culture Trust, Nationwide, and many other town centre organisations.
The volunteers worked in small groups to focus on areas most in need of a tidy-up, which included George Street, Bute Street, The Hat District, Guilford Street, and pavements around The Mall and Luton Library.
Julia Horsman, Luton BID Manager, said: “We’re so grateful to all our wonderful volunteers eager to help make their town centre tidier, safer and more attractive for shoppers, visitors and workers.
“Cleanliness and street cleaning has always been a top priority for our town centre BID businesses, so we’re thrilled to have been able to organise this tidy morning alongside ABCD-in-Luton who continue to make a huge difference with their Keep Luton Tidy efforts.
“We were delighted to be able to tie it all into The Great British Spring Clean too, but it’s really about bringing people together and creating a sense of pride so that everyone feels inspired to keep the area litter-free and sparkling all year round.
“We have another clean-up planned at the end of the month and are on a mission to double the numbers we had this week.”
The Luton BID-funded professional Max Vac cleaner, which is operated by Luton Council to blitz hard-to-reach litter, cigarette butts and chewing gum from pavement cracks and kerbsides around the town centre, was also in operation at the event.
A representative from ABCD-in-Luton added: “It was great to see so many people from different businesses join us to help reduce the weeds and waste in the town centre as part of #KeepLutonTidy campaign. It is an ongoing commitment to make a difference across Luton, and we’re delighted to have had so much support.”
A number of other tidy initiatives are being planned by Luton BID and ABDC-in-Luton as part of the The Great British Spring Clean and #KeepLutonTidy.
The Luton BID next tidy session for town centre workers and business owners is on Tuesday, April 26th at 12 noon. Staying for the full hour is not essential, and full safety and protective equipment will provided.
To get involved or ask questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luton Business Improvement District (BID)
Luton BID was officially launched in 2014 following a vote by local businesses to make Luton town centre a designated Business Improvement District. After a successful ballet in 2019, Luton BID’s second term runs until 31st December 2024.
A BID is a defined area where the rate-paying businesses decide on improvements to their area, they then vote on the plans and agree to invest in the delivery of activities which directly impact upon their business turnover and profit. This money is then ring-fenced to provide the improvements agreed through the BID plan and can be used to generate other revenue to boost the pot of money available to deliver the plan.
Business representatives in Luton have developed a five-year action plan around the key objectives of promoting the area. These objectives are to ensure the town centre is accessible and appealing, to provide a safe and attractive environment for businesses and visitors, to support and promote business growth and to develop and invest in a sense of community.
Luton BID is project managed by Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb uk). pfbb UK is a specialist BID Project Management company which develops and manages a wide range of Business Improvement Districts across the UK including town centres and industrial estates.