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The new Street Rangers scheme has been developed by Sheffield’s Business Improvement District (BID) as part of its commitment to help clean up the city centre.
The Street Rangers will be on duty between 6am and 8am Monday to Thursday and 6am and 9am Friday to Sunday on a scheduled 7-day clean-up of the known hot spots. BID Levy Payers are also being offered a rapid-response service for specific problems that might occur outside of the scheduled clean.
According to Diane Jarvis, Sheffield’s BID Manager: The Street Rangers service has been introduced following a growing number of complaints from businesses who arrive for work to find that their bins have been raided, and that doorways, private service yards and recesses contain discarded materials used for bedding and other offensive waste and detritus relating to street drinking. All of which is currently cleaned up by the business owners or employees.
Diane said: “We have a vibrant city centre which is on the cusp of great-things. But we can’t ignore the fact there are some environmental hygiene issues. These might not be quite so obvious to visitors, but businesses are being affected by people sleeping rough and others using their shop doorways to relieve themselves late at night.”