A big thank you for the big tidy up

Council leader Phélim Mac Cafferty has today thanked the hundreds of people who carried out community clean ups during the Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy fortnight.

Businesses, community groups, tidy up teams, volunteers, councillors and council staff were all involved in helping keep the city clean.

They carried out graffiti paint-outs, sticker removal, street jet washing, weeding, beach and park cleans and litter picking.

The two weeks blitz was launched by Cityclean who spent four days and nights deep cleaning some of the city’s dirtiest streets.

‘Sincerest thanks and best wishes’

Cllr Mac Cafferty said: “I want to send my sincerest thanks and best wishes to every single person who got involved in Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy.

“It was brilliant to see and hear of the wide range of organisations that took part, from big and small businesses in the city to community groups and individuals.

“It’s been a tremendous effort and I believe it’s restored some pride in the city which has been lost over the last few years.”

Our Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy campaign ran alongside the annual and nationwide Keep Britain Tidy event that finished on Sunday.

At least 300 people got involved

Despite Covid restrictions, we know of around 300 people who took part over the two weeks, while ensuring they followed government guidance on social distancing. 

We believe many more who didn’t contact us for support were also doing their bit in the clean-up.

Cllr Mac Cafferty added: “This is only the beginning. We will continue to tackle graffiti, fly-tipping, littering and all other ways of keeping our city clean and tidy.

“We’ll also be looking at ways of continuing to work in the future with everyone involved so far while bringing even more businesses and people onboard.”

The people and organisations we know were involved, in no particular order, are:


Legal & General; commercial recycling company Paper Round; accountants and financial advisers Kreston Reeves; news agency Thomson Reuters; Southern Water; Johnson & Johnson; Covent Garden dental spa.

Julia Weeks, from Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance, organised the following businesses to carry out tidy ups: Absolute Magazine; developers First Base; McLaren Building Contractors; Midnight Communications. food, tourism and restaurant consultancy Blackbird Box, Brighton Palace Pier; BA i360; Pryzm; the Brighton Centre. 

Also Shelter Hall food Partners – Lost Boys Chicken, GB Charcuterie, Brighton Coffee Works, Curry Leaf Café, Carlito Burrito, Fatto a Mano; Lucky Beach Café; Sean Paul Hairdressers, Natural Walking Cities; The Argus newspaper. 

And Queens Road Traders, jointly organised with Steve Darby (City Cabs); and St James Street Traders, jointly organised and attended by Derek Wright and Di Palmer of Red Roaster/Lucky Khao.


Palmeira Square; Adelaide Crescent; Adelaide Mansions; Lansdowne Place; Norfolk Square; Kemp Town; and Edward Street and Dorset Gardens tidy ups organised by Edward Street Quarter


Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance; Surfers Against Sewage; council-run Tidy Up Team volunteers; Spruce Up Saltdean team.


Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty; Cllr Amy Heley; Cllr Hannah Clare; Cllr Lizzie Deane; Cllr Siriol Hugh-Jones; Cllr Marianna Ebel; Cllr Elaine Hills; Cllr David Gibson; Cllr Stephanie Powell; Cllr Leo Littman; Cllr Martin Osborne; Cllr Steve Davis; Cllr Sarah Nield; Cllr Jamie Lloyd; Cllr Amanda Evans; Cllr Bridget Fishleigh; Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP.

Council staff 

Cityclean; City Parks; and other council departments.  

Cllr Mac Cafferty added: “Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy really does have the support of people throughout the city, including businesses, individuals, volunteer and community groups, and the media.

“Ensuring our city is clean and tidy is everyone’s responsibility. The last two weeks have been a real success, and I hope more and more people get involved in the months and years to come.”


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