Ipswich: Businesses set to join forces to make the town sparkle ready for Celebrate Ipswich and Maritime festivals

Members of Ipswich Central, the Ipswich Borough Council and local businesses have gathered to launch

Members of Ipswich Central, the Ipswich Borough Council and local businesses have gathered to launch a clean up the streets campaign that will commence on Monday, 12 August. - Credit: Archant

About 100 businesses are set to give the heart of the town a makeover next week during the run-up to the Celebrate Ipswich festival.

The have pledged to do their bit to Spruce Up the streets within Ipswich town centre, starting on Monday.

The initiative has been devised to ensure the town is looking its best for the celebrations that begin on Monday week, August 19, and continue into the bank holiday weekend with the Maritime Festival.

Businesses including Willis, Debenhams and Wilkinsons have pledged to do their bit, including washing their windows, staining woodwork and litter picking outside their stores.

Ipswich Central’s Clean Team and Street Rangers will work with the borough’s cleansing staff to tackle various areas within the town.

These include high and low-level weeding, replacing light bulbs along Ipswich Waterfront, removing dead planting along St Margaret’s Street, cleaning town centre vacant units, pressure washing pavements, removing graffiti and litter as well as issuing a number of gull-proof sacks to businesses in the town as a trial to reduce the amount of litter. Wilkinsons are sponsoring the Spruce Up and they will be providing the town with cleaning kits.

Shop manager Jason Bates said: “This is a great way of involving the community in taking pride in their place. We want to help Spruce Up the Streets for Celebrate, and this is a fantastic scheme to get involved with.”

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Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement added: “We want the town centre to look its very best for Celebrate Ipswich. The large amount of businesses pledging to do their bit demonstrates the fantastic community spirit within the town.”

Will you be helping to make the town look better during the run-up to the Celebrate Ipswich festival? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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