Students lead the way on Cleaner Streets campaign

At the start of National Spring Cleaning Week, all 40 of Birmingham City Council’s wards have been invited to draw plans to make their neighbourhoods as clean and green as possible.

The invite has been made by Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, in a letter to the council’s other 119 members as part of a new Cleaner Streets: Love Where We Live campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to re-invigorate Birmingham City Council, in terms of officers and Members, and communities in taking pride in where we live – our streets, our neighbourhoods, our city.

As part of National Spring Cleaning Week, Cllr Trickett joined students from Bordesley Green Girls School for a community clean-up of their area, organised by pupil Mariyum Islam, who spoke of her concern about the environment in her area at a litter summit staged by the council last year.

Cllr Trickett said: “I am hugely encouraged by the fact that young people in Bordesley Green are showing their love for their city by staging this community clear-up.

“They are setting a shining and inspirational example for people of all ages who can play their part in their own neighbourhoods too.

“The council of course has a role to play across the city to help meet the number one priority for residents – cleaner streets – but this has to be a joint effort in partnership with residents, businesses and visitors.

“Through the new challenge we are laying down to the 40 wards, we will be able to draw up a set of locally-created plans for locally-led solutions to keep Birmingham looking as good as possible, demonstrating we all love where we live.”

Anyone with ideas or suggestions on how to improve the appearance of Birmingham is invited to use the Twitter hashtag #tidybrum as a way of sharing their views with others.

The council has also launched a dedicated webpage for the new campaign, which can accessed at


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