Keeping Bath clean is vital for tourism
Businesses in Bath have been speaking about the importance of keeping the city tidy in helping to boost trade.
City centre firms have given their support to The Bath Chronicle's Clean Bath campaign, which was launched last month.
Lindsay Holdaway, managing director of property firm HPH, which is based in Kingsmead Square, said tourist attractions and shops would lure people to the city – but Bath needed to provide a pleasant environment for people to stay.
He said: "It's important in Kingsmead Square because it is a public space. There are a number of food options in the central area and people will come and eat there and spend time. But if the environment isn't very nice and if the pavements are untidy, people won't want to sit and stay.
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"The attention to detail such as this is important for a World Heritage City because tourism is such a vital part of the economy."
In the past 18 months the Bath Business Improvement District team has been targeting areas around the city centre to keep them tidy and attractive.
Guy Douglas, who runs The Silver Shop of Bath Union Passage, which Bath BID rangers have targeted, said the work had brightened up the area.
He said: "It has made such a difference to the look of the whole passage. Countless pieces of chewing gum were removed, tidying everything up, and the slabs have actually changed colour to a lighter, more welcoming shade, which has actually lightened the passageway.
"I hope that funds continue to allow much more of the city to be polished like this – it's been a real treat for us."
Nancy Coppock has run Itchy Feet in Bartlett Street for 14 years and was part of a similar BID clean-up near her shop, with people on community service doing the work.
She said: "It was very successful. It definitely created a buzz on the street. It certainly made all the businesses much happier with the attention.
"One of the really positives was having the people come from the probation service. Those guys really enjoyed themselves and it was a really positive project for them to get involved with."
She added: "It hasn't actually had a noticeable impact on trade because we are particularly entrenched in a recession at the moment, but we are very thankful for the work and it was very positive."