Fly tipping waste was removed from the rear of the shops, graffiti was jet washed from walls, together with the removal of weeds and litter which was cleared from the roads and pathways. The clean up also highlighted an issue with the volume of discarded cigarette butts outside the local café.
Birkenhead BID, a Wirral Chamber of Commerce initiative, will be working with Wirral Council’s Enforcement Team and Kingdom in tackling the problem in delivering on-the-spot- fines to identified litter and waste culprits. It’s not fair for local residents and traders that they should have to suffer due to the small minority who refuse to do the right thing and dispose of their litter responsibly.
A local shopkeeper was delighted with the clean up and said: “I am happy to help with the clean-up and they have done a great job. The waste dumped in the back of my shop was not mine, so I am also pleased it is getting cleared and better security locks have also been fitted to stop this from happening again.”
Maureen Davies, Environmental Services Manager at Magenta Living said: "We are committed to working with our partners and communities as we can’t tackle fly tipping and litter alone. This is a national issue but we are dedicated to doing our utmost to re-educate people and encourage them to take pride in where they live so that neighbourhoods are clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. I’m delighted that Birkenhead BID are one of our key partners in achieving our mission."
Paula Basnett, CEO at Wirral Chamber of Commerce said: “One of the Birkenhead BID three main priorities is to work with all business sectors to enhance the overall experience for visitors, shoppers and workers by making the BID area cleaner and more attractive. We were delighted to play our part in supporting our partner organisation Magenta Living Environmental Services on this key project. Together we can make a significant difference to the town, its people and the wider community.”