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8:45 PM 12th May 2020

Harrogate BID Seeks To Appoint Specialist Partner For Town Centre Deep Clean

Ahead of the Government permitting the phased reopening of shops from the beginning of next month, (June) Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) is looking to appoint a specialist cleaning partner for the town centre.

In a recent survey sent out by the organisation to town centre businesses and levy payers, a deep clean of the streets was cited as the number one priority for the BID to undertake.

Although not an extension of either Harrogate Borough Council or North Yorkshire County Council, the BID can – and in some cases will - enhance the services they provide, including street cleaning and cleansing.

Whilst Harrogate is well serviced by Harrogate Borough Council in terms of regular street sweeping and bin emptying, the work the BID will fund goes above and beyond the authority’s statutory duty.

Appointed for a three-year contract, the chosen partner, or partners, will be expected to undertake a number of cleaning duties, including power washing of all pavements and islands within the BID area on an annual cycle to remove grime, graffiti, chewing gum, algae and moss.

They will also be responsible for power washing a small number of key hotspot areas on a more regular basis, clean empty shop unit frontages as required, and carry out additional litter picking and hotspot cleaning early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Simon Kent
Simon Kent
Harrogate BID interim manager Simon Kent said: “With the government announcing the phased reopening of from June 1, we want a deep clean of Harrogate town centre to commence shortly after.

“There are approximately 25,000 sq m pavement in the main shopping areas of the town centre. Cleanliness of the town centre has been a constant theme through the BID’s development and is a priority laid out on our business plan.

“We have put together a detailed tender document outlining exactly what we want a partner, or partners, to deliver on our behalf, and ideally we would love to award the contract to a local specialist, or specialists.”

Quotations must be submitted by Friday, May 22, 2020, so that orders can be placed to commence work as soon as possible.

For further information, or to discuss any matters arising from this document please contact Simon Kent via email at simon@harrogatebid.co.uk or by phoning him on 07988 329168.