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Shop owners help give Friargate a major clean up

Posted on - 12th August, 2018 - 2:47pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus

Scrubbing away on Friargate during Sunday morning Pic: Blog Preston

Scrubbing away on Friargate during Sunday morning Pic: Blog Preston

Shop owners in Friargate have given up their Sunday morning and done something fantastic for the community.

Taking to the streets with brushes, mops and sponges, the team gave the popular shopping street a good scrub on Sunday (12 August).

Starting at 9am, helpers spent two hours jet washing steps, wiping down telephone boxes and emptying surrounding bins.

Litter was picked up, shop fronts were scrubbed and bike racks were cleaned until the area was sparkling.

Read more: Fishergate’s iconic clock is now ticking again

PP Contract Cleaning also helped to steam clean the area with their hot pressure washer steam cleaning unit, which helped to get pavements spotless.

The idea came from owners of Townhouse Coffee and Brew Bar, Bernice-Marie Newton and her partner Louis Snape who initially sparked the idea to the council.

At a Friargate Trader’s Meeting, it was described how traders knew they were years away from a street refurbishment.

However, they decided to take it upon themselves to improve the street and make it look better.

Preston City Council provided cleaning equipment like brushes and bags and completed paint touch-up’s on posts, bins, and benches.

Townhouse Coffee were there to offer tea and toast on the day for everyone involved.

You can view the video of the clean-up below:

What do you think about the community cleanup? Have you visited Friargate recently? Let us know in the comments below

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