Chester city centre benefits from sparkling spring clean

Streets, steps and shop-fronts across Chester city centre have been given a stunning spring clean as part of a clean-up organised by CH1ChesterBID.

A professional cleaning service made its way around the city centre to complete the work, which was commissioned in support of this year’s national Great British Spring Clean campaign.

CH1ChesterBID arranged for over 75 business shop-fronts and entrances to be cleaned overnight by a specialist contractor. The clean-up also included the removal of chewing gum from city centre pavements and the cleaning of window sills and ledges with brand-new pigeon deterrents being installed.

The citywide clean-up, which spruced up streets including St Johns Street, Bridge Street Row, St Werburgh Street, Bell Tower Walk, Northgate Street Row and Watergate Row ran from Monday, March 12, to Friday, March 16.

Nick White, City Centre Manager at CH1ChesterBID said: “One of our key objectives at CH1ChesterBID is providing an outstanding city centre welcome, so it’s great to once again bring this national campaign to life in our city.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have a beautiful city and along with our city centre partners, we work hard to make sure we keep it as clean as we can all year round.

“But sometimes a little bit of extra elbow grease can make a big difference and we’re really pleased with the final results.”

Ristorante Sergio, a family-run Italian restaurant on St Werburgh Street, was one of the businesses to benefit from the clean-up. General Manager, Samual Ripari, said: “It’s great to see a spring clean campaign taking place in Chester and we’re really impressed with the work that’s taken place outside our restaurant and across the city centre.

“We’ve been in the heart of Chester for more than thirty years ago and we’re very proud of our history. We think it’s really important that we work together to do things that make the city centre more attractive to visitors and local residents, so we’re really grateful to all CH1ChesterBID.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council will also be starting a wider ‘street deep-clean’ in Chester city centre later this year. The upcoming clean is supported by the council, who will provide equipment and tools for any future volunteers.

The nationwide Great British Spring Clean campaign aimed to inspire 400,000 people to get active and help clear up rubbish during March. It brought together people from across the county to clear up the litter that blights cities, villages and beaches.