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We're deep-cleaning towns to end sticky streets

30 November 2018

Following feedback from town councils, we're planning a range of cleaning activities to tidy-up some of our town centres. We'll be starting with pavement cleaning in five towns where this was a particular problem.

From this weekend onwards, our team will initially be heading to the centres of Sandy, Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard, Shefford and Houghton Regis. The steam-cleaning undertaken should lift all dirt, grease and chewing gum from the block paving in the towns.

Councillor Budge Wells, our Deputy Executive Member for Community Services, said: "This new cleaning programme we are embarking on will help to keep our town centres clean and tidy. The process is chemical-free. Instead, the machine relies on steam rather than high-pressure water, which can cause damage and additional mess. It also means that the pavements are not only clean, but are less slippery after the treatment.

"This schedule of deep-cleaning will help tackle the blight of chewing gum stuck on our streets. However, we’d rather the public disposed of their chewing gum and litter correctly by placing it in bins, to help us keep Central Bedfordshire looking at its very best."

The street cleaning work will be mainly carried out at night time, and is due to start at 7pm on this Sunday, 2 December (although it is weather-dependent).

The team will be visiting the towns on following days:

  • Biggleswade: Sunday 2 December to Wednesday 5 December
  • Sandy: Monday 3 December to Thursday 6 December
  • Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard: Monday 10 December onwards
  • Shefford: Sunday 9, 16 and 23 December (daytime working)

Our bus shelters will also be getting spruced-up. There are 346 bus shelters in total, but some require more work than others. The cleaning crew will be washing these alongside their other tidying projects.

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