New project puts the heart back in Hartcliffe this Valentines: Big Tidy

12 Feb 2021

New project puts the heart back in Hartcliffe this Valentines

From litterbugs to love bugs. A specialist crew of grime-busters will be heading to Hartcliffe to help residents love where they live.

The new project, which will bring together a crew of street cleansers, parks officers and graffiti removal experts, with Housing Officers from Bristol City Council and Bristol Waste’s Community Engagement team, aims to address street cleansing and waste management issues in the area.

The four-month-long project is part of Mayor, Marvin Rees’s Big Tidy campaign which launched in October 2019 as a city-wide initiative. The team, who have already deep cleaned more than 900 streets, cleared over 500 tonnes of litter, fly-tip and detritus and removed over 3,000 graffiti tags from public properties across the city, will now bring their unique set of skills to bring the sparkle back to 18 locations in Hartcliffe.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said; “The Big Tidy will bring together teams from housing, waste and parks to really address the issues that matter to the community. Everyone deserves to love where they live and have pride in their neighbourhood, so we’re here to bring some of that sparkle back.”

Cutting back overgrown greenery, cleaning paths and communal areas and addressing issues such as litter, fly-tipping and dog mess will be on the list of tasks for the Big Tidy to tackle.

Jason Eldridge, Operations Director, Bristol Waste said; “The joined-up approach of the Big Tidy has already achieved fantastic results right across the city and we’re looking forward to bringing the project to Hartcliffe.

“There’s a real sense of community involvement with the Big Tidy and that means we can identify and address the root cause of particular problems in every area we visit, whether that’s by educating and motivating residents to do the right thing or issuing penalties where necessary.”

Local Councillor Helen Holland, said: “I am really looking forward to seeing Big Tidy teams out and about in Hartcliffe and Withywood, having seen what a difference their work has made in other areas of the city.

“We have got some areas that are a problem and unloved, and where their help will make a real difference – but also some very enthusiastic community groups who put in a lot of work volunteering in our green spaces, so working with those residents to boost their efforts, will be hugely welcomed.

“I can’t wait to see the ‘before and after’ photos.”

The Big Tidy will continue to work across the city in areas identified as high priority, most recently the crew have been in Windmill Hill and Southmead.

If you live in the area, or have previously lived in the area, then the Big Tidy want to hear from you. They want to know what you love about the area or happy memories you have from your time there. Email your thoughts to bigtidy@bristolwastecompany.co.uk to be part of an exciting new project.