Lancaster BID Springs into Action

April 04, 2019 - 8:15am

Lancaster BID Springs into Action

This week marks the start of the annual Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign to reduce litter and make Britain a cleaner country.

Lancaster BID is marking the occasion with the launch of a new initiative to enhance the city centre with an initial focus on Church Street and North Road. A partnership with Lancaster City Council has seen plans developed to implement a vibrant planting scheme with bespoke bunting to bring colour to the streets and help increase footfall.

Stainless steel planters will be installed in April with a mixture of permanent and annual planting to provide year round interest. The initiative has been welcomed by local businesses who hope the scheme will help increase footfall and encourage visitors to explore the wider city centre.

Rachael Wilkinson, Lancaster BID Manager, said "After a long time in development we are delighted to see these plans to enhance Church Street come to fruition. The planting scheme will greatly enhance the area and encourage people to venture beyond the main shopping streets and discover more of the unique businesses which Lancaster has to offer."

In preparation for the planting extra effort is being made to ensure the area is clean and tidy. Gumzappers have made a welcome return to the city centre this week to continue the removal of chewing gum from the streets.

Lancaster BID has also commited to continue the existing partnership with Lancaster City Council which increases the level of street cleansing within the city centre. Through providing funding for an additional full time cleansing operative, Lancaster BID can ensure a focus on graffiti and chewing gum removal, regular grot spots and tackling fly tipping in an effort to keep the whole city centre looking clean and tidy.

To highlight any city centre cleansing issues which need attention you can contact the Lancaster BID on 01524 590650 or info@lancasterbid.org. The BID team would also be delighted to hear your suggestions for further enhancement and expansion of the Church Street planting for consideration for future phases of improving Lancaster city centre.