21 July 2015
As the city prepares for Tramlines this weekend, the Streets Ahead team are preparing to keep Sheffield clean and tidy throughout the inner-city music festival.
Over 100,000 music lovers are expected to descend on the city between Friday and Sunday to enjoy performances from hundreds of bands across more than 16 venues.
Over the course of the weekend, the Streets Ahead team will collect around six tonnes of litter that festival goers will create on the streets alone.
Cllr Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We welcome all the visitors to the city who will be coming to enjoy Tramlines but we are also encouraging them to help us keep our city clean. We will have lots of points where festival goers can dispose of their litter, so please use these and help us keep Sheffield looking beautiful over the weekend.”
Darren Butt, Streets Ahead Operations Director, said: “We’re ready and raring to go ahead of this year’s festival. It’s one of the biggest challenges we face over the year in terms of street cleaning, but we’re prepared for the extra waste that will be created over the weekend.
“We have more operatives than usual working in the city centre over the period of the festival. They did an excellent job of cleaning up during and after the event last year and we were complimented on the high standard of work carried out, despite such a large number of visitors. I’m sure we can achieve a great result again.”
Extras bins will also be placed around the city centre to cope with the higher volume of litter and will be regularly emptied by the Streets Ahead team. Litter pickers will also be around the city centre keeping the streets litter free.
Notes to Editors
About the Streets Ahead work
The Streets Ahead works will enable the upgrade and ensure the on-going maintenance of the City’s:
• Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls;
• Traffic signals, road signs, and markings;
• Fences, barriers and other street furniture; and
• Highway trees;
and will include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape highway maintenance.
The long term benefits of the works will include:
• Smooth pavements and road surfaces which will help reduced vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.
• Well-lit, safer streetscene – helping to dispel the fear of crime and the feeling of social exclusion;
• A highway network that enables journey and delivery times to be reliable;
• An attractive city streetscene and clearly signed roads
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