One of the most popular streets in the heart of Preston will soon be spotless thanks to a major clean up that’s going to take place.Advertisement
Members of the community are joining together to make a difference to Friargate.
Taking to the street on Sunday 12 August, over 30 traders, along with their friends and families will be working from 9am – 11am to give the area a good scrub.
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Front of shops will be jet washed, pavements will be swept and buildings will see a lick of paint.
Bike racks, benches and bins will also be cleaned.
Preston City Council will be providing cleaning equipment like brushes and bags and they’ll do a paint touch up on posts, bins, and benches.
The effort comes after owners of Town House Coffee and Brew Bar, Bernice-Marie Newton and her partner Louis Snape, sparked the idea to the council.
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Bernice-Marie said: “This all started when we were invited to a one-on-one council meeting regarding new businesses in the city centre.
“The group were so happy to hear our ideas and how we feel we have the cities best interest at heart and want everyone to benefit the upcoming changes.
“They asked to to start a Friargate traders committee and represent it.
“Since then we have been working closely with BID Preston and they have been super supportive. All our requests like getting street recycling bins, more police monitoring, more CCTV etc are slowing happening.
“In our last traders meeting we talked about knowing we’re years away from a street refurbishment, which made us ask? So what can we do?
“Let’s clean it! It’s gross and let’s get it sparkling for ourselves, the general public and for our returning customers in September.”
Townhouse Coffee will be providing toast and tea on the day for everyone involved.
Bernice-Marie continued: “I think it’s a great opportunity for the community to get to know each other more. And also the amount of backing and volunteering we’re getting from customers, churches and people living/working in the area is great.
“So the council are providing use with brushes, bags and have informed us that they’ll be sending people down to do paint touch ups on post, bins and benches beforehand. And us guys are just going to spend our Sunday morning scrubbing our hearts out!”
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