A dedicated team of “grimebusters” is in town – on a mission to make sure it stays clean and tidy for shoppers and visitors alike.
Burnley Council and its cleansing contractor partner Urbaser have invested in the latest technology to help clean up Burnley town centre and make it more attractive.
They’re supporting wider regeneration efforts to bring more people into Burnley and boost the local economy.
The team includes the latest chewing gum “blaster” which shoots out high-pressure steam and a fleet of mechanical cleaners that wash and polish paving stones and paths.
They’re out every day ploughing up and down the pedestrianised area – backed by the less technical but equally important litter pickers and sweepers.
“We’re working to draw in tens of millions of pounds of investment into our town centre and so picking up litter and keeping our streets clean may seem ‘small change’,” said Councillor Lian Pate, the council’s executive member for community services.
“The fact we have a lovely clean and tidy shopping centre makes people want to come to Burnley; it brings a positive feeling that draws people in. People are seeing a positive difference and telling us the centre looks cleaner now than it ever has.
“It’s a small but important part of the bigger picture – to continue to make Burnley a vibrant and popular shopping centre that attracts shoppers and visitors from a wide area.
"We need support from people to help keep our town centre clean by using the many bins around the centre and not dropping litter or chewing gum on the floor.”
Councillor Asif Raja, executive member for economy and growth, said: “We invested in regenerating the town centre and improving the main pedestrianised areas. We’ve just revealed further details of the town centre masterplan which will transform the shopping centre and surrounding areas.