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Traders’ joy as area cleared up

A DUMPING ground in Solihull town centre has been transformed thanks to the efforts of Solihull BID (Solihull Town Centre Business Improvement District) and the probation service.

A DUMPING ground in Solihull town centre has been transformed thanks to the efforts of Solihull BID (Solihull Town Centre Business Improvement District) and the probation service.

The company works with retailers and businesses in the town centre to improve the trading environment and it was while its Town Hosts were on patrol that the hazardous state of the car park behind Poplar Road was spotted.

Littered with rubbish, old furniture and broken bottles, the area was not only dangerous but customers from nearby shops could not collect their orders from there.

A meeting with the Community Probation Service, however, soon ensured the car park was cleared.

Gaynor Blackwell, Manager of Fired Earth on Poplar road was delighted with the new look.

“It makes such a difference to have the area clear at the back of the shops. The Town Hosts have done a first class job!”

Ken Reid, Probation Service Officer added: “ This project is typical of the partnership approach which helps reduce crime in the community, making the area feel safer.

“The area is now completely clear of rubbish and hazardous waste, therefore making it a safer environment for all.”

Solihull BID’s initiatives include improved marketing, promotion and events, better safety and security and car parking as well as securing improvements in business insurance rates through the introduction of BID status.

 

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