Bristol City Council has said it would invest an additional £1 million into street cleaning, enforcement and neighbourhood engagement to help keep Bristol clean and tidy.
The money will help fund a 12-month project called the Big Tidy, which will focus on cleaning up priority neighbourhoods across the city.
Tasks will include jet washing pavements and walls, removing graffiti, replacing bins that are no longer fit for purpose and litter picking.
It is part of the mayor’s Bristol Clean Streets campaign and aims to tackle issues such as littering, tagging, fly-tipping, fly-posting and overgrown vegetation.
(Image: Bristol Waste / Bristol City Council)
Mr Rees 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 the residents of Bristol to make a pledge to play their part in looking after the city – whether it’s a promise 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.
Tony Lawless, managing director of Bristol Waste said: “We know that many people in Bristol consider litter to be a major concern in their area, and unfortunately people are far more likely to do it if litter is already present.
“The good news is that by working together, each doing our bit to keep our streets clean, and sorting or reporting it when it is not, we can help stop litter altogether. That is why we are calling on all Bristolians to take the Big Tidy Pledge.
“We believe that every neighbourhood should be a pleasure and source of pride for the people who live and work there.
“We will do our bit, but it is only by working together with residents and businesses that we can really make a lasting difference.”
For the latest news in and around Bristol, check back on Bristol Live’s homepage