Steam cleaning pavements, litter picking and flying visits from a Harris Hawk – some of the ways we add a shine to Victoria’s streets.
We are improving the general appearance of Victoria with a night cleaning team and two daytime cleaning teams. We also have a dedicated Environmental Ambassador who reports on environmental and street issues including grafitti and fly posting, flooding issues and abandoned vehicles. He has reported over 6000 issues to Westminster City Council and Transport for London resulting in swift action.
The Victoria BID provides value added cleaning
- Two dedicated cleaning teams cleaned the area from Monday to Friday each week. Westminster Cathedral Piazza received extra attention as a local landmark, along with key VBID public realm sites including our two parklets and the Diamond Garden.
- Five nights a week, between 10pm and 6am, during warmer months a night cleaning team removes chewing gum and grime from Victoria’s pavements.
- Over the past year the team have made 25,779 cleaning reports of which, 757 were in relation to the Janitorial Service
- A responsive janitorial service is available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. Local businesses can contact the team on 07934 845 503 to report spillages, mess and overflowing bins they see in the area or request a wash down of their entrance or pavement.
- A VBID electric vehicle allows the cleaning team to complete daytime jet washing and bin cleaning where necessary
- The BID provides, and our teams manage, the removable tables and chairs in Westminster Cathedral Piazza and the branded deckchairs in Lower Grosvenor Gardens and keep both areas litter free.
- Falconers visits the footprint over the year with a Harris Hawk to deter pigeons from key public spaces in the BID footprint including Westminster Cathedral Piazza, Upper and Lower Grosvenor Gardens and Ebury Square Gardens
The BID took on the management of Westminster Cathedral Piazza. providing a dedicated street cleaning team, a hawk to scare away pigeons and a security team that patrols the area.
Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of Victoria BID