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Housing Services team lead street clean

L-R: Clare Peace (Housing Officer), Cath Prenton (local resident/business owner), Lucy Walker (Housing Officer)

The University’s Housing Services team led a clean-up of Beaconsfield Road on 1 November.

Stretching between Preston Park and Preston Circus, the major road acts as a gateway to Brighton.

A team of 11 council workers, local residents, students and volunteers spent the day clearing rubbish, sweeping pavements and removing graffiti.

Housing Officer, Lucy Walker, said: “The clean-up was a real success. We removed around a ton of waste and debris, filling two refuse vehicles. We spoke with a number of Beaconsfield Road residents and visitors through the day. They were delighted by the difference the work of the volunteers made to the area. 

“I’d like to thank the volunteers for their time and hard work, it was greatly appreciated. The Real Junk Food Project were also brilliant - providing us with a great lunch. And the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were kind enough to open the Preston Circus Fire Station for our volunteers to have some tea and coffee.”

This clean-up is the second that Sussex staff have been involved with this year. The same team cleaned Viaduct Road in June, collecting more than 100 bags of rubbish.

The University has expanded its community engagement work over the past 18 months, for example by opening an information centre on Lewes Road.

It has made regular street clean-ups a key part of this activity and has pledged to clean four city streets a year.

Two more street cleans have already been scheduled for 2017 – Wellington Road in Hanover next February, and Riley Road and Coombe Road next June.

A redesigned ‘Living in the community’ leaflet is currently being reissued to all current students to help make sure streets stay clean all year round. It contains some simple tips, such as the importance of taking bins out and in promptly, separating recycling, and getting to know neighbours. 


Posted on behalf of: Housing Services
Last updated: Monday, 7 November 2016

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