WAKEFIELD Business Improvement District (BID) got down and dirty to Make A Difference with local businesses, members of the Community PayBack team, PCSOs, Wakefield College and Wakefield Council Streetscene, to clean the city centre up.
Delivering on its commitment to make Wakefield city centre a bright and attractive place for existing and new visitors the 30 plus team of volunteers took to the city centre to sand litter bins in readiness for a coat of paint and scrape chewing gum off the pavements.
The day followed a mapping exercise carried out in October where the BID and stakeholders toured the city centre identifying areas that needed attention to make them more attractive to visitors.
Armed with specialist tools and plenty of enthusiasm staff from HSBC bank, Wilkos, Wakefield Theatre Royal and Created in Yorkshire, Al’s Tea Room, spent a MAD day cleaning parts of Westgate, Kirkgate and the BullRing.
A member of the HSBC team said that the bank gave all its colleagues time to commit to community projects of their choice.
“Members of staff from the Wakefield City branch were more than happy to give of their time to help make the city centre more attractive and do foundation work that will speed up painting and deep cleaning soon,” she said.
Martin Duke who organized the Community PayBack team said that many had practical skills which made the MAD initiative perfect for them.
“They are professional tradesmen and are more than happy to make amends to society doing something like this that makes a tangible difference,” he said.
Elizabeth Murphy, BID manager who organised the MAD Day said: “This kind of work has to be done ahead of the local authority carrying out its statutory job. Having businesses and other community groups collaborate will make Wakefield City Centre more attractive ahead of a busy spring and summer of open air and free to attend events that we know will attract new visitors.”