Big Tidy In Hartcliffe

Housing Project Puts The Heart back in Hartcliffe

A specialist crew of grime-busters have been giving housing in Hartcliffe a spring clean! The amazing Big Tidy crew hosted a litter pick to celebrate.

As part of the Mayor’s Big Tidy project, a team comprised of Bristol City Council Housing Officers, street cleaners, parks officers, graffiti removal experts and Bristol Waste Community Engagement Officers have been hard at work in BS13.

In these few months the Big Tidy in Hartcliffe has:

  • Brought the sparkle back to over 782 Hartcliffe homes
  • Delivered 4,320 hours of additional clearing & cleaning
  • Removed 90 tonnes of fly-tipping
  • Cleaned 18 streets
  • Cleared 12 miles of path

What were the Big Tidy celebrating in Hartcliffe?

The project, which focused on 18 locations in Hartcliffe, was part of Mayor, Marvin Rees’s Big Tidy campaign. The campaign, launched in October 2019, aims to bring the sparkle back to the city. By working hand-in-hand with residents and Bristol Waste street cleaning crews.

To mark the completion of the work, we had a celebratory litter pick! Residents, businesses, Councillors, and the Big Tidy team came together for a special event in Valley Walk. They took part in a socially distanced litter pick. Discovering how they can all play their part in keeping the area clean and safe for everyone to use.

Here’s what people said about the project:

Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy joined the event.

She said “We are committed to making Bristol a cleaner, greener, city, where everyone feels proud of where they live. The Big Tidy is a real collaborative effort and really helps to bring the community together.

“Our housing team has really embraced this opportunity to build relationships with residents. Identifying issues they faced in the area and helping to encourage people to change their behaviour. Hopefully, this will lead to greater trust and cooperation between staff and tenants.”

This event not only marks the culmination of months of hard work, but it is also an opportunity to make this beautiful green space sparkling clean. Everyone deserves to love where they live and have pride in their neighbourhood. We hope this hard work will give joy to residents in Hartcliffe.

Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Labour Councillor for Hartcliffe and Withywood, said:

“Having the Big Tidy project in Hartcliffe has been brilliant. The crews have worked so hard – and so enthusiastically – to make even those forgotten corners of BS13 sparkle.

Families are now enjoying outdoor spaces safely, and streets and pathways have been given a new lease of life. The work has really given encouragement to local groups and volunteers with their litter-picks. I really hope that residents will keep this momentum going when everyday street cleaning returns.”

Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Labour Councillor for Hartcliffe and Withywood.

Jason Eldridge, Operations Director for Bristol Waste said:

“Over the last year, we have all come to realise how important our outdoor spaces are. By working together, alongside the Council and the community we have been able to bring the sparkle back to these neighbourhoods.

Seeing residents being able to safely enjoy their outdoor spaces has been heartening, and we hope they feel inspired to keep up the good work.

“The Big Tidy is in addition to regular citywide, street cleaning activity carried out by our brilliant frontline staff across the company. As well as the focused work of the Big Tidy project, Bristol Waste cleans more than 800 miles of roads and footpaths and clears 11.5k fly-tips and 3.3k areas of graffiti every year.”

Volunteers from Bristol City Council, Bristol Waste and local community groups join forces litter picking.

Keep an eye out for the Big Tidy around Bristol

The Big Tidy will continue to work across the city, focusing on areas identified as a high priority, and are currently in Brislington. Keep an eye on @BristolWaste on Facebook and Twitter to find out where the team will be visiting next.

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