Main image: Big Tidy Community Engagement Officers Fritha Voaden (far left) and Hanna Johnson (far right) joined regular volunteers Caroline Hope (left) and Heather Pickford to cut back vegetation and litter pick at Inns Court. (Picture Inns Court Residents Association).
The Big Tidy is coming to Filwood in December to tackle issues such as litter, overgrown footpaths and fly tipping in the area.
The 12-month project was launched on 4 October – with £1 million investment to support local people to “revitalise their communities”.
It is being run by the city council and Bristol Waste and is part of the city’s Clean Streets campaign.
Dedicated teams will be working across neighbourhoods to carry out tasks – including jet washing pavements and walls, cleaning benches, bins and bollards and cutting back overgrown paths as well as removing graffiti.
They will also be replacing bins that are “no longer fit for purpose” and will be co-ordinating with groups already working to improve the area, such as the Inns Court Residents Association.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees joined the Big Tidy teams for the launch event. He said: : “…This new investment in teams and equipment will help tackle areas where we know there is a significant problem. The targeted action carried out by the teams will be supported by our enforcement officers who will gather evidence and look to prosecute repeat offenders.
“These are issues that people care deeply about, and we are determined to clean up the city and challenge the behaviour of people who think it is acceptable to disrespect the city and its residents.”
The project also calls on residents to make a pledge to play their part in looking after the city.
This can be as simple as promising to pick up litter as you go about your journey, taking your own litter home to be recycled, or reporting tagging and fly-tipping to the council.
The pledge can be done online by visiting: bristolwastecompany.co.uk/big-tidy-pledge
There is also a survey to feed into: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZV2YTPK