The EDZ BID Levy is used to fund two business wardens who patrol the BID area during the week to maintain the appearance of the area, deter anti-social behaviour to respond to issues of vandalism, graffiti and fly-tipping. They carry out activities such as litter picking, removing waste, repairing street furniture, making improvements to the landscape and reporting evidence of drug abuse in the area. The main aim for the wardens is to maintain the positive image of the BID area.
The wardens regularly carry out litter picks across the BID area (outside business boundaries) including the removal of litter in shrubs. Between September 2018 and September 2019, the wardens collected 943 bags of rubbish across the BID area.
Whilst the wardens patrol the BID area, they target vandalism, fly tipping and graffiti issues. The BID wardens work in partnership with the local authority, police and CCTV monitoring team to identify those responsible and to ensure the efficient repair of street furniture and removal of waste. Between September 2018 and September 2019, the wardens cleared 19 fly tip sites and repaired street furniture 6 times.
The wardens undertake a programme of landscape maintenance which includes cutting back shrubs and trees from public footpaths, clearing leaves in the winter months and ensuring estate signs are visible.
Evidence of drug use and other anti-social behaviour has been found in the BID area in recent years. The BID will use the CCTV network and reports of ASB to target hotspots of problem behaviour.
Details of the work the wardens have undertaken each month can be found in the monthly newsletter. If your business is located in the BID area and does not receive the monthly newsletter via email, you can sign up here.
If you see any fly tipping within the BID area, do not hesitate to get in touch
with us and report it. Once reported, our wardens can deal with it quickly,
please call 01254 265 163.