YEP survey: Standards of street cleanliness in Leeds ‘are improving significantly’. LeedsBID boss says

Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID chief executive.
Andrew Cooper, LeedsBID chief executive.
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In the latest survey results, the YEP is today focusing on the cleanliness of Leeds’s streets.

When asked for the areas that most needed further government or council spending, cleanliness of the city’s public places ranked seventh.

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Some 17 per cent of people surveyed said they wanted more cash spent on street cleaning.

However, when it comes to rating Leeds’s public spaces based on their cleanliness, more than one third said they were either poor or very poor.

About 37 per cent of people rated them as average, and one quarter said they were good.

One organisation that now adds to the vital street cleaning service, in the city centre particularly, is the Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID).

LeedsBID was set up with the aim of improving the first impressions people have of the city.

Andrew Cooper, chief executive, said the organisation had seen standards of cleanliness “improve significantly”, after a seven-day deep cleansing service was introduced and funded by businesses through LeedsBID.

The Street Rangers undertake a programme of deep cleansing across the city centre, and over the last 12 months they have cleaned the equivalent of the inner loop road an astonishing eight times. Mr Cooper added: “The success of this team has been down to their collaborative way of working in not only carrying out difficult cleansing tasks but also looking at solutions with others to prevent reoccurring issues and problems.”

He said LeedsBID has also worked alongside Network Rail, the city’s shopping centres, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds City College and the council to tackle cleanliness.

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