Small businesses in Sheffield are to come together to defeat litter and graffiti crime wave
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Sheffield claims a ‘plague’ of litter and graffiti in the city is resulting in the loss of business investment due to the eyesore.
In order to reignite pride in the city and its appearance, the South Yorkshire department of FSB has launched a new campaign to encourage local homeowners and business owners to tackle the issue of waste and graffiti head-on.
The Chairman of FSB South Yorkshire, Andrew Flower, said that he visited some of the worst-effected areas in the city and was shocked to find dumped tyres, fridges, baths and beds. And on the shopfronts and on the public gates in Holme Lane, Hillsborough, and in Harvest Lane, Neepsend, Mr Flower discovered vast amounts of unsightly graffiti.
The new campaign, named ‘Operation Stamp It Out’, will last for a whole year. During this period, local businesses are encouraged to address their own waste activity, whilst also keeping an eye on the areas surrounding their premises.
Fly-tipping, graffiti, and littering should be reported without delay to the council, so the investigation can begin as soon as possible, which increases the chances of identifying the culprit.
The organisation is also asking the police, council officers and local teachers to get involved in the clean-up, by pursing prosecution and educating the city’s youth.
Mr Flower commented: “We hope to engage other individuals and organisations in a concerted effort to change attitudes and restore Sheffield to ‘the jewel of the north’ and create a city environment of which we can all be justifiably proud.”
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