Students and Community Clean Streets Together


Staff and students at the University of Sussex joined forces with local residents and councillors to clean two streets in Brighton last week, and they will be continuing with their work later in the year.

A number of volunteers helped clean up Washington Street and Coleman Street in the Hanover area of the city.

Among those cleaning Washington Street and Coleman Street in the Hanover were Brighton’s Mayor Pete West and three other members of Brighton & Hove City Council: Cllr Emma Daniel, Cllr Dick Page, and Cllr David Gibson.

After the event on Wednesday (8 February), Cllr Page tweeted: “Thanks to big Washington St clean‑up gang earlier – lots of mixed-up recycling sorted. AND the Mayor turned up!”

The clean-up was organised by the University’s Housing Services team as part of an ongoing programme of street cleans in Brighton neighbourhoods.

Becky Foran, Communities and Development Manager at the University, said: “Our community clean-up was a great success, with residents, local councillors, council workers and Sussex students and staff coming together to improve this part of the city.

“With the number of volunteers that we had, we were able to clean not only Washington Street but also neighbouring Coleman Street, and many residents popped out of their front doors to say hello and thank the team for their work.

“The street clean-up event is a part of our ongoing work in the community, focused on bringing residents and students together to take positive neighbourly action.”

Working together, the volunteers weeded and swept the streets as well as clearing more than 20 bags of rubbish and recycling.

More than 200 bags of recycling and waste have already been cleared as part of previous clean‑ups in Viaduct Road and Beaconsfield Road in Brighton.

The next street clean organised by the University’s Housing Services team will be taking place in Riley Road in June.

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